Access to the Tuggerah railway station in Sydney will soon become a lot easier for all customers, with early work now underway on $34 million accessibility upgrades.
Regional Transport and Roads minister Sam Farraway said the upgrades would make it easier for everyone to access public transport services, including people with a disability, with mobility aids, parents or carers with prams, and travellers with luggage.
“The upgrade of Tuggerah Station involves installing new lifts and stairs and a new pedestrian footbridge, connecting the Pacific Highway, commuter car park and station platforms,” he said.
“Other features will include a family accessible toilet and ambulant toilets, a widened platform for improved customer accessibility and upgraded station entrances, including new and improved footpaths.
“There will be 15 accessible parking spaces made available in the commuter car park, upgraded bus stops and pick up and drop offs will be easier with a dedicated drop off zone.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Adam Crouch said in preparation for major work to start later this year, early work has commenced.
“The station upgrade is part of the NSW Government’s Transport Access Program, which has committed almost $600 million since 2011 to deliver modern, integrated and accessible transport facilities across regional NSW, Mr Couch said.
“The upgrade will also provide a welcome boost to the local economy and this early work will support around 40 jobs over the next five months, with Downer EDI delivering the work on behalf of Transport for NSW.
“After our community was consulted about the project earlier this year, I know everyone will be excited to see work on the ground and the upgrade commencing at Tuggerah Station.”
All efforts will be made to minimise impacts to commuters where possible, and to enable adherence to strict environmental conditions relating to noise, vibration, and dust management.