Free phone charging stations will be set up in key locations in Melbourne’s CBD and the inner-city under a re-elected Andrews Labor Government.

There’s nothing worse than running out of battery when you’re out and about – that’s why Labor will install 160 mobile phone charging ports at eight CBD and inner-city train stations.

Labor will invest $350,000 to roll out 32 mobile charging bars to Flagstaff, Flinders Street, Melbourne Central, Parliament, Southern Cross, North Melbourne, Richmond and South Yarra train stations.

It will mean thousands of Victorians will have access to the free charging portals around station entrances – helping them stay connected while on the go.

Smartphones have become an integral part of our lives in recent years, but battery life can be a problem – often leaving people stranded without a way of communicating with their friends, family or workplace.

This will give parents the peace of mind that their children will be able to charge their phone if they’re out in the city with friends and need to get in contact.

It will also assist tourists who often rely on their smartphones for information and directions.

The mobile phone charge bars will be similar to the pay-for-use charging stations in shopping centres and airports around the country – without the cost.

The Labor Government is delivering five new stations as part of the $11 billion Metro Tunnel project, and once open they will deliver free mobile phone charging.  

The Andrews Labor Government is already making it easier to stay connected on the go with free Wi-Fi installed in Melbourne, Bendigo, Ballarat and Shepparton and an extra 35 mobile towers to be built along regional rail lines.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan

“This will give Victorians more power in the palm of their hand – helping them stay connected for longer while on the go.”

“There’s nothing more frustrating than being out and about and the battery on your phone running out.”

“Labor will change that by putting charging stations across the CBD transport network. And for parents it means they no longer have to worry about their kids running out of battery when they are out enjoying the city.”