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Metro Trains Melbourne despatch paddles

In 2010 Metro Trains Melbourne introduced 'despatch paddles' - an illuminated beacon for station staff to use to indicate to drivers that the platform was clear for departure. The idea was abandoned by 2012 or so, following the removal of platform staff from many locations

'P' mark on the platform at Newmarket station

Marking where platform staff used to stand with their despatch paddle in morning peak, until Metro trains removed station staff in October 2012

13 March 2014 08:24 AM
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Detail of a LED despatch paddle, manufactured by MC Electronics in the UK

9 January 2012 08:52 AM
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LED despatch paddle, as used by station staff in peak times

9 January 2012 08:52 AM
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Station host waves the despatch paddle at Ascot Vale

8 October 2010 08:26 AM
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Despatch paddles spreading over town: this time at Ascot Vale

8 October 2010 08:25 AM
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Poster at Flagstaff informing drivers that 'despatch paddles' are in use during morning and afternoon peak

From Monday July 5, Monday to Friday between 0700-1000 hours and 1515-1850 hours

15 July 2010 19:21 PM
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Platform attendant at Flagstaff indicating to the driver the doors are clear with an illuminated paddle

14 July 2010 17:41 PM
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