Mother separated from child on Melbourne Metro train

A mother was separated from her baby after pushing the infant onto a train carriage in a pram only for the doors of the Metro to close in her face. 

The terrifying ordeal lasted a whole 15 minutes before the pair were finally reunited at Heyington station in Melbourne‘s east on Thursday night.

The mother had initially arrived with her child at Burnley station, The Age reported.

As she wheeled the pram onto the train the carriage doors closed, leaving her infant alone on the train.

A mother had only managed to push her baby in a pram onto a train carriage before its doors closed and separated the pair (stock image)

A mother had only managed to push her baby in a pram onto a train carriage before its doors closed and separated the pair (stock image)

The mother had initially arrived with her child at Burnley station (pictured)

The mother had initially arrived with her child at Burnley station (pictured)

Fortunately corrective services officers were able to take care of the baby until the mother was able to catch the next train.

The incident comes in the wake of startling statistics that Melbourne has the highest parent-child separation rates on public transport in the country.

Once every fortnight a child is separated from their parent on the rail network.

Only in May a mother was separated from her child for four minutes as train doors closed after she pushed the pram onto the carriage.

Brisbane trailed closely behind Melbourne with one child-separation happening every five-and-a-half weeks.

There is one separation in Perth every three months, and there were only three in Sydney over the past year.

Adelaide had only a scant three incidents in two years.

Melbourne’s Metro Trains safety boss Anthony Fewster said the rates were unacceptably high.

‘It’s definitely too many,’ Mr Fewster said. 

‘We want to keep people as safe as we possibly can [and] we’ve seen the trend go down in relation to train doors, etc, in the last six months.’  

The incident comes in the wake of startling statistics that Melbourne has the highest parent-child separation rates on public transport in the country (stock image)

The incident comes in the wake of startling statistics that Melbourne has the highest parent-child separation rates on public transport in the country (stock image)

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