Member for Oatley, Mark Coure MP, today officially opened the new lifts at Narwee Station, marking the completion of 400 projects under the NSW Government’s Transport Access Program, an initiative to deliver safe, modern and accessible public transport infrastructure across NSW.
“Since its launch in 2011, this Government has invested more than $1 billion in the Transport Access Program. In this time an additional 45 stations and 15 ferry wharves across the network have been made accessible. We have created 6,000 new car parking spaces and upgraded more than 40 interchanges.
“These crucial upgrades, which range from new lifts, ramps and stairs, new footbridges, improved CCTV, weather canopies, kiss and ride zones, bike lockers and more, will support the growing amount of customers accessing public transport.”
The new-look fully accessible Narwee Station caps of a year in which the 400th project has been completed.
“I am delighted that this project has been finished seven months ahead of schedule and customers can now use the new lift and family accessible toilet, find shelter under the weather protection canopies and feel safer knowing there is upgraded lighting and surveillance,” said Mr Coure.
“This is a great outcome for Narwee customers as we head into the New Year.
“I am delighted that this project is meeting long overdue need for local residents and I am proud to have delivered this outcome with the petitioning and support of the community. My gratitude is extended to everyone who helped make this grassroots campaign a success.”
The completion of work at Narwee Station means that 167 out of 307 stations on the intercity and suburban networks are now wheelchair accessible. This represents about 54 per cent of stations and more than 88 per cent of overall patronage accessing these stations.
2017 has seen the completion of key projects including accessibility upgrades at Wentworth Falls, Wentworthville, Pendle Hill, Heathcote, Flemington, Berala and Jannali, along with new commuter car parks at Engadine, Penrith, Marayong, Asquith and Marrickville and upgrades to McMahons Point and Milsons Point wharves.
“There is still a lot of work ahead of us and the Transport Access Program will continue into 2018 and the coming years with many other upgrades underway or planned.
“Next year work will begin on upgrading Rooty Hill Station, which is an important link from the surrounding Western Sydney suburbs into Parramatta and the Sydney CBD. Work will also start on the accessibility upgrade at Edgecliff Station and the new commuter car park at Merrylands Station.
“Construction will continue at Harris Park, Panania, Toongabbie, Homebush and Victoria Street stations.
“We are also getting on with the job of delivering an additional 8000 free and untimed car spaces on top of the 6000 already delivered.”
Highlights of the 400 Transport Access Projects include:
- 1200 staff car parking spaces handed back to commuters
- More than 40 interchanges upgraded (improvements include pedestrian access, canopies, CCTV, help points, lighting, bicycle storage, drop off and pick-up zones, seating and taxi ranks)
- 15 wharf upgrades
- 45 more wheelchair accessible stations
- 6000 more commuter car parking spaces