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A Friday Note - 17 March 2017

Dear all

The sun continues to shine as Adelaide remains in the spotlight during festival season.

SAFETY

Today is National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. This annual day is aimed at schools joining the fight against bullying, but it is a timely reminder for all members of the community that any form of bullying or violence is not tolerated.

With the Fringe and Adelaide Festival drawing to a close this weekend, a reminder to exercise extra caution if you’re driving around major event areas. Please be especially alert around pedestrians: crowds of revellers can act unpredictably near traffic.

The road toll, as of midnight 16 March, is at 16 fatalities.

COMPLIANCE ACTIVITIES

Passenger Service Assistants and SAPOL are combining their efforts in the battle against fare evasion and behavioural issues on the transport network.

They have recently performed compliance activities at many rail stations and bus interchanges, including a major operation at Salisbury Interchange (pictured below).

These activities will continue throughout the network in an attempt to make our services safer. We have already received some positive feedback from the community. Thank you to our passengers who do the right thing.

SIMPLIFY DAY 2017

Your support is needed to identify ways we can reform policies, legislation and practices so they are better serving the community. More here.

GRADUATE RECRUITMENT

Our graduates were at a number of university career fairs this week.  

Current graduates from engineering, portfolio management and finance were on hand to discuss their experiences, including Human Resources Graduate, Nicole Hughes (pictured below).

There was a great turn out at all events. More info on our graduate program is available here.

WELL DONE

Monday became Adele-aide, as record crowds flocked to Adelaide Oval for the Adele concert.

It was no small feat to move the biggest crowd we have ever seen. While there is room for improvement, I was incredibly impressed with the efforts of all involved.  Within the space of just an hour the vast bulk of our customers were on their way home.

The innovation to provide much safer crossing of North Terrace by closing the road to cars between King William St and Adelaide Railway Station was absolutely necessary for pedestrian safety and worked well.  A credit to Wayne Stewart and Richard Wozniak from our public transport area who made this happen, in collaboration with the Adelaide City Council and SAPOL.

We had extra crews on hand to direct people, enabling us to expedite their exit from the station. Extra services were running to help meet demand.  A big thank you to all rail, tram, bus and road traffic staff and a special mention to Dianne Nesbitt (and her green light), Adam Amos and Theo Douros who were keeping people and trams moving.

We received some positive feedback from the community for our efforts.

Last but not least, a huge thank you to motorists and the Adele crowd for your terrific cooperation and patience.

Have a good weekend

Michael Deegan