A statement from Victorian Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan, said that better trespasser detection and fire prevention systems will be installed in the four underground tunnels and three underground stations of the loop.
These include state-of-the-art intruder detection technology, along with CCTV cameras, alarms and platform barriers.
According to the statement, these new measures will not only help save lives, it will also reduce major delays caused by loop shutdowns while reports of trespassers are investigated.
Sprinkler systems in Melbourne Central, Parliament and Flagstaff stations will be upgraded, and a smoke management system will be installed to keep passengers safe in the event of a fire.
“This investment will make the city loop safer and more secure for the thousands of Victorians who use it every day,” said Minister Allan.
“The works will ensure passengers can get to work on time, and home safe and sound again at the end of the day.”
The 2012 Victorian Ombudsman’s report into rail safety in the city loop recommended these safety improvements.
The $134 million safety and security upgrade will take place over the next three years.