Charging ahead on the Seaford and Tonsley lines

The Marshall Liberal Government is installing 24 USB charging units on every train along the Seaford and Tonsley lines, meaning passengers can charge their mobile phones and other devices on their daily commute.

The 24 charging points (48 USB ports) have already been installed on five trains and will be switched on from first service Monday morning, May 27.

These charging points are expected to be rolled out on all 22 electric trains on the Seaford and Tonsley rail lines by the end of June this year.

On average, there are approximately 21,500 passengers that use the Seaford and Tonsley train lines each weekday.

“The Marshall Government is continuing to deliver measures that provide a better and more customer focussed public transport experience that will ultimately help drive patronage,” said Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll.

“The 21,500 passengers using the Seaford and Tonsley lines every day will be able to charge their mobile phone, iPads and laptops on their way to and from work or home.

“People rely on technology more and more for work and to stay connected with loved ones and we all know how frustrating it is when your phone goes flat.

“We want to bring our public transport network into the 21st century and that’s why we’re investing in new technologies and fresh ideas.

“These charging stations will be powered by ‘green’ energy on our electric trains.

“This means that when a train is braking it creates electricity that can be fed into the USB charges, and any surplus energy is put back into the grid.”

Prior to the election the State Liberals committed to delivering mobile phone charging stations at 10 train stations.

However, after further investigation it was decided that it would deliver a better outcome for passengers to install more charging stations on trains as opposed to at some stations.

“We realised that, for the most part, passengers spend more time on the train that waiting at the train station, so it makes sense to put these charging points where people spend the most time,” said Minister Knoll.

“We’ve also been able to deliver more charging stations than would have been the case with just 10 charging stations at stations.

“By installing these charging stations on the trains themselves we also reduce the risk of vandalism as all trains are monitored by CCTV cameras.”