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Making Sydney Light Rail a safer mode of travel

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About 80 transport experts, emergency services representatives, academics and high schoolers met in Sydney recently at a public forum to discuss ways of making Sydney Light Rail a safer way to travel.

The forum, an annual safety event run by Sydney Light Rail operator Transdev, was held at Allianz Stadium to help make tram rides safer for young people and to help authorities better understand how youth use and interact with public transport.

UNSW Psychology Senior Lecturer Susanne Schweizer explained the cognitive thought patterns of youth which impact how they use transport.

Transport for NSW Executive Director, Brand and Marketing Allison Lee spoke about the influences on attention spans and how to ensure safe travel.

A panel led by ALTRAC Light Rail Chief Executive Officer Duncan Edghill included a range of views on light rail safety on young minds.

Sydney Secondary College Blackwattle Bay Deputy Principal Jane Cuke and Fort Street Public School P&C Executive Member Melanie Tait contributed along with Dr Schweizer and Sydney Secondary College Year 12 student Imak Gastell.

Transdev Australia and New Zealand CEO Brian Brennan said the forum was powerful vehicle for change.

“We do these forums annually and it’s a very practical way to hear a range of different views and latest research,” he said.

“This year, the focus on youth was very apt and an eye opener in hearing how students interact with Sydney Light Rail.

“Transdev is always looking for ways to better understand our customers and make our services safer.

“I was very moved to hear from Imak and the stories I heard from other students I spoke with around their public transport experiences.

“I really want to thank all the groups and level of representation and interest from those who attended and contributed to the forum.”