The Public Transport Authority of WA has completed a major lift upgrade at Joondalup Station, as part of a $7.1m plan to upgrade 20-year-old facilities at six Perth stations.
WA transport minister Dean Nalder earlier this month announced the completion of the lift replacement at Joondalup, which began in January and was completed inside its three-month timeline.
The new, bigger lift can accommodate two large wheelchairs at a time, Nalder said.
“I accept the temporary closure of the lift created difficulty for some passengers,” Nalder said. “This has been undertaken with the very best of intentions so that the lift is reliable in the long-term.”
“A growing number of people rely on public transport and for passengers with accessibility challenges, our rail and bus systems are incredibly important. So we must ensure our facilities are accessible and operational.”
The project team removed the lift and built a new steel structure within the operating train station. To reduce the impact on passengers, the project was shortened from four months to three.
The works are part of a $7.1 million project to replace lifts and escalators at the following stations:
- Perth Station (some facilities, not all)
“I understand that passengers with mobility issues, or prams and young children may have had to change their travel plans due to these works,” Nalder concluded, “but I believe it will improve their journeys on the Transperth system in the long term.”