Designing a public train station shelter to minimise anti-social behaviour and crime in Melbourne's metropolitan rail environment

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The Melbourne metropolitan train network has experienced incidents of anti-social behaviour and crime across the network over recent years. Identification of this problem has lead to design research aimed at exploring ways to minimise anti-social behaviour, improve passenger security and the perceptions of Melbourne's railway system. A literature review has revealed that good sightlines and visibility, minimised obstructions, sufficient lighting solutions, and controlled access are the principal factors that contribute to a safe and successful station environment. The key findings, used as guidelines, are intended to inform a design process in developing a potential design solution that is novel and adaptable. This paper examines the design and function of a shelter system design concept emerging from the research, and how it might be implemented into Melbourne's train network in the near future. It is proposed that the system not only deters anti-social behaviour and crime, but also improves the quality of life of patrons at varying railway stations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2010 ATRF: 33rd Australasian Transport Research Forum
Place of PublicationCanberra, ACT
PublisherTransport and Regional Economics, Bureau of Infrastructure
Pages1 - 17
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010
EventAustralasian Transport Research Forum 2010 - Canberra, Australia
Duration: 29 Sept 20101 Oct 2010
Conference number: 33rd (Proceedings)


ConferenceAustralasian Transport Research Forum 2010
Abbreviated titleATRF 2010
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  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Crime prevention
  • Design
  • Railway station
  • Shelter
  • Train

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