I noted this about a month ago. The idea of an emergency gate in the Elizabeth Street subway at Flinders Street Station seemed like a good one, but it seemed doubtful that the automatic release would include the padlock.
So I tweeted:
Ok. I have my doubts that this emergency exit *padlock* is automatic, @MetroTrains http://yfrog.com/mn1pwqsj Care to confirm?
And Metro replied:
@danielbowen thanks for this. We’ve alerted our management at Flinders St.
As one would hope, they take safety very seriously, and it looks like they’ve solved this problem… by removing the sign.
One can only hope that should there be an emergency, a staffer with a key for the padlock can get down there quickly to unlock it.
PS. I’m speaking at the Wheeler Centre tonight, with Paul Mees and Meredith Sussex, on “Transport and Movement”. Details here.