Filming and Photography

Metro appreciates that trains, stations and railway assets make popular subjects when it comes to filming and photography. Whilst we understand the widespread desire to capture images of the railway, safety remains our number one priority. That’s why the following procedures are in place to ensure that all activities relating to filming and photography are carried out effectively and safely.

Thanks for understanding our commitment to safety.

Now, let’s look at the current procedures for filming and photography…

Amateur Filming and Photography

If you are a tourist or amateur photographer, you are permitted to take footage and photographs at a station using a handheld smart device or basic SLR camera (without a tripod). If you are in the rail reserve, you must capture images from a safe distance behind a railway fence or from a pedestrian rail bridge (with or without a tripod). The following guidelines must be observed to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.

  • When at the station, please stay behind the yellow line
  • Always mind the gap between the train and the platform
  • You cannot use a tripod at a station unless you have a permit from Metro
  • You cannot capture images on board a train unless you have a permit from Metro
  • You cannot capture images of rail staff unless you have their expressed permission
  • Respect the wishes of those passengers who ask not to be photographed
  • Activities should not impede customer traffic or delay train services
  • No artificial lighting can be directed toward oncoming trains
  • At all times, you must abide by these guidelines and take direction from railway staff
  • Be safe, all filming and photography is undertaken at your own risk

Professional / Student Filming and Photography

If you are seeking to a capture images or footage as part of a professional production or student project, you will need a permit from Metro. Download the Professional and Student Filming and Photography Application and complete the details on the form. Metro will review your application for any station on the metropolitan network, with the exception of Southern Cross (these enquiries should be directed to JCDecaux). After you submit the form, there is generally a two week turnaround, but complex applications may take longer so please plan ahead.


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