New cleaning jobs keeping public transport safe

Cleaning on Melbourne’s tram network will be intensified, thanks to the $500 million Working for Victoria initiative.

More than 300 jobseekers have been hired to sanitise trams over the past few weeks in a major boost to cleaning services on the network.

The workers are carrying out additional cleaning between 7am and 6pm seven days a week on carriages, in depots and at high-patronage stops across the network. 

Almost 300 stops will get special attention, with high touch-point areas being cleaned multiple times a day at major stops including Federation Square and Melbourne University.

Crews travelling up and down busy routes like St Kilda Road will be hopping on and off at stops to increase cleaning frequency.

The new jobs are an addition to cleaning roles added to the tram network in March. The government is also installing 270 new hand sanitising stations across the public transport network.

Melbourne’s trams already undergo a deep clean before each service, which involves wiping of high-touch areas, handrails and grab straps at the beginning of each run. The new roles will provide additional support on top of current cleaning measures.

Public transport continues to run to normal timetables to ensure those Victorians who need to travel can get where they need to go. 

Commuters are encouraged to practice good hygiene when travelling, maximise distance between passengers where possible, avoid travelling if unwell and those who can work from home should work from home.

Businesses and workers can register at vic.gov.au/workingforvictoria.