Improving Bus Infrastructure and Safety

NT Government

The Territory Labor Government is working through the final stages of the rollout of OC spray to Transit Safety Officers.

Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Eva Lawler has authorised for the rollout to happen as soon as possible.

OC (Oleoresin Capsicum) spray will be an effective, last resort tool for officers who are dealing with anti-social or violent behaviour – and at risk of physical threat.

It’s just one of many initiatives brought in by the Territory Labor Government to improve bus safety. This includes the increase of Transit Safety Officers, the issuing of body worn cameras, expanding powers of arrest, and tougher banning provisions for those doing the wrong thing.

The announcement comes as work gets underway to upgrade the Palmerston Bus Interchange and various bus stops.

Local companies Norbuilt and Programmed Property Services have been successfully awarded tenders – totalling over $2 million – to upgrade the precinct.

Over 40 jobs will be supported through various works including new roofing, new guttering, feature panelling and lighting, new paving and new seating including disability seats.

Both Palmerston and Casuarina Bus interchange will receive other minor refurbishments including painting with an anti-graffiti coating.

Six bus stops across Alawa, Karama, The Narrows and Winnellie will also be upgraded with improved new shelters, paving, seating, signage and landscaping . The upgraded bus stops will be fitted out with a Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) requirements. These works will commence towards the end of April.

No bus routes will be impacted during construction and updates will be provided through the DIPL website and Facebook page.

Minister for Department Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Eva Lawler:

“The safety of passengers, drivers and our transit safety officers is paramount.

“OC spray will be an effective tool for our transit safety officers when dealing with confronting situations.

“We will be ensuring a number of safety mechanisms and strict use of force provisions will be in place to ensure it is used appropriately and in a safe manner.

“I’m sure this announcement, along with the latest upgrades to our Palmerston Interchange and bus stops will be welcomed by passengers, staff and the wider community”.

Northern Territory Government

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