Seven train stations to be upgraded as part of NSW’s $800m Safe Accessible Transport Plan

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As part of NSW’s $800m Safe Accessible Transport Plan, seven new stations will receive upgrades to make transport safer and more accessible.

Thousands of commuters will benefit from the rollout of the program designed to make public transport safer and more accessible, particularly for vulnerable members of the community.

The 136-year-old Macquarie Fields Station is one of seven new stations in line for an upgrade. The station has never been fully accessible, with the City-bound Platform 1 only accessible via stairs.

More than 10,000 passengers travel through the station every week and the community is home to 2,000 people aged over 60, many of whom have been campaigning for lifts for over 8 years. Their campaign was ignored by the previous NSW Liberal Government who invested in lesser-used stations like Hawkesbury River Station first, which sees only a quarter of the weekly passenger numbers.

Upgrades to Macquarie Fields Station will include a new footbridge with lifts, stairs, a covered walkway to the platforms, a new family accessible toilet, improved lighting and CCTV. There will be six accessible parking spaces, two new accessible drop-off spaces and a relocated bus stop on Railway Parade. Access to the station will be improved with a new pedestrian crossing and signage.

Having completed early stakeholder engagement with vulnerable members of the community, Transport for NSW will undertake targeted stakeholder engagement over the coming months. The community will be invited to have their say on the draft concept design toward the end of the year.

“In 2024, it’s not acceptable that a person in a wheelchair or a parent with a pram can’t access a station in NSW. 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,” says Premier Chris Minns.

“Macquarie Fields Station dates back to 1888 and has long been in need of a facelift. I’m thrilled that the NSW Government is able to deliver this and give the local community the transport interchange they deserve,” says Transport Minister Jo Haylen.

“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,” says Transport Minister Jo Haylen.

“Transport hubs should be safe and welcoming places for everyone. That’s why the NSW Government is committing $300 million to the new Safe Accessible,” says Transport Minister Jo Haylen.

Major construction is expected to begin in late 2024, following the development of planning approval documentation, with work taking around 18 months to complete.

Other stations include:

  • Moss Vale
  • Lewisham
  • Griffith
  • Bardwell Park
  • Chester Hill
  • Queanbeyan

“A big focus for our Government is investing in disability access improvements where they’re urgently needed. The Macquarie Fields community should not have been left with such an inaccessible station for so long,” says Disability Inclusion Minister Kate Washington.

“The lifts, accessible parking and toilets will open up new opportunities for people with disability, parents with prams, and anyone with mobility issues,” says Disability Inclusion Minister Kate Washington.

The $800.7 million program is a combination of the old Transport Accessibility Program, the Commuter Carpark Program, and the additional $300 million Labor committed at the 2023 election.

Source: © NSW Government 2024

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