Mark Coure MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Infrastructure, alongside Mark Taylor MP, Member for Seven Hills, and Kevin Conolly MP, Member for Riverstone today opened the new-look, fully accessible Blacktown Station. The station features a reconfigured concourse and an additional pedestrian footbridge, which will reduce congestion and access to one of the busiest stations on the network.
“This new footbridge connecting the Richmond Line concourse with the main concourse includes a new lift to make it easier for less mobile customers to access public transport services, especially those with a disability, parents with prams and travellers with luggage,” said Mr Coure.
“We’re committed to improving public transport infrastructure and it’s great to be getting on with the job of delivering major improvements for our Western Sydney customers.
“This upgrade means Blacktown Station will support the growing population well into the future. With more than 14,700 customers passing through the station each week day, the station is a major hub on the T1 Western Line.
“The upgrade has been delivered through the NSW Government’s Transport Access Program, an initiative to provide safe, modern and accessible public transport infrastructure across the state. New stairs and weather protection canopies on platforms one and two are among other upgrade works completed.”
To enable Blacktown commuters an easy transition to travel by public transport, a new 489 space multi-storey car park on First Avenue was built under the same program in 2012.
The NSW Government recently announced 400 projects have been delivered since the launch of the more than $1 billion program in 2011.
“With the completion of Blacktown Station we have now delivered accessibility upgrades at 46 stations and 15 ferry wharves, along with 40 transport interchanges,” said Mr Coure.
Other completed projects include new lifts and accessibility upgrades at Pendle Hill, Wentworthville and Penrith Stations.
Work is currently underway on an upgrade at Toongabbie Station and a new commuter car park at Merrylands Station which will deliver around 85 additional spaces.