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Accessibility upgrades planned for seven NSW train stations

Accessibility upgrades planned for seven NSW train stations

The NSW Government has announced an additional seven train stations will receive upgrades as part of its $800 million election commitment to improve accessibility at stations across the state.

The program is designed to create a safer and more accessible public transport experience, particularly for vulnerable community members.

Premier of New South Wales, Chris Minns, emphasised that it is unacceptable that individuals in wheelchairs or parents with prams face accessibility issues at NSW stations.

“We committed to upgrading train stations to make them more accessible, safe and secure for the people who need them the most, and that is what we are delivering,” said Premier Minns.

One of the stations earmarked for an upgrade is the 136-year-old Macquarie Fields Station, which has never been fully accessible. Currently, the city-bound Platform 1 is only accessible by stairs. This station serves over 10,000 passengers weekly, and the local community, home to 2,000 people aged over 60, has been advocating for lift installations for over eight years.

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The planned upgrades to Macquarie Fields Station include the construction of a new footbridge equipped with lifts, stairs, a covered walkway to the platforms, a new family-accessible toilet, improved lighting and CCTV surveillance. The station will feature six accessible parking spaces, two new accessible drop-off spaces and a relocated bus stop on Railway Parade. Enhanced access will be facilitated through a new pedestrian crossing and improved signage.

NSW Transport Minister Jo Haylen expressed enthusiasm about the overdue facelift for Macquarie Fields Station, stating, “I’m thrilled that the NSW Government is able to deliver this and give the local community the transport interchange they deserve.”

“We know the community has been advocating for these improvements for a long time and they will soon have the opportunity to have their say on this much-needed project.”

Having completed early stakeholder engagement with vulnerable community members, Transport for NSW is set to undertake targeted stakeholder engagement over the coming months. Towards the end of the year, the community will have the opportunity to provide input on the draft concept design. Major construction is anticipated to commence in late 2024, following the development of planning approval documentation, with the project expected to take approximately 18 months to complete.

In addition to Macquarie Fields, other stations slated for upgrades include Moss Vale, Lewisham, Griffith, Bardwell Park, Chester Hill and Queanbeyan.

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