Commuters on Sydney’s rail network face the risk of major security breaches  with 91 network master keys being reported lost or stolen since 2012.

Documents obtained by the NSW Opposition under FOI show taxpayers have had to fork out $18,987.96 to replace the keys, which can be used to access almost all areas of the Sydney Trains network. 

The keys and key cards are used to access trains, station buildings, maintenance centres, rail replacement buses and stabling yards. 

The 91 stolen keys come from Sydney Trains’ customer service and operations directorates. The Government claims it does not hold data for its maintenance directorate – meaning even more keys could be missing from that area. 

The Government has also refused to provide any information on how many keys have been recovered – if any. 

Adding to commuters’ safety fears, the Government recently dumped night security guards from 11 of Sydney’s busiest stations – including Redfern, Hurstville, Hornsby, Ashfield, Cabramatta, Blacktown and Macarthur. 

Last year, the NRMA’s Seeing Red on Rail survey of 12,000 commuters indicated personal security was the number one issue for rail commuters. 

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Transport Ryan Park  

“At a time when government and police forces across the country are ramping up public safety precautions, it’s a huge worry that security concerns like this are only getting worse on Sydney Trains.” 

“Each and every day hundreds of thousands of people access our public transport network – and those commuters have the right to feel safe and secure.” 

“Commuters have every right to be concerned at the thought that keys to secure areas like trains, station buildings and stabling yards are regularly going missing.” 

“It’s clear the Baird Government has dropped the ball on rail security, sacking security guards and now giving criminals the green light to access trains and rail yards .”