Passenger Rail, Safety, Standards & Regulation

Two more stations get upgraded under access scheme

Arncliffe Station Photo: Abesty / Creative Commons (Inset: Artist's Impression / Transport for NSW)

NSW minister for transport Andrew Constance has launched a pair of station upgrades under the state government’s Transport Access Program.

Arncliffe Station, on Sydney Trains’ Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra lines, will receive four new lifts, a new pedestrian underpass and a number of other upgrades. Thirroul Station, on the South Coast line, will receive 150 new parking spaces, along with other upgrades.

The Transport Access Program, Constance said on Tuesday, is aimed to deliver “accessible, modern, secure and integrated transport infrastructure”.

Arncliffe’s four new lifts are designed to make catching the train easier for customers in wheelchairs, those who are less mobile, and parents with prams, the minister said.

“The [Arncliffe] upgrade will also provide two family accessible toilets, two new accessible parking spaces, upgraded CCTV and an improved transport interchange on Firth Street with sheltered bus stops and a new kiss and ride zone,” Constance noted.

A new pedestrian link will also be built underneath the rail line, between Arncliffe Street and Wollongong Road, with early works now underway.

“Early works including site establishment will start in the coming weeks in preparation for major construction which will start in the middle of this year.”

The plans for the station upgrade were on public display between February and March 2015, and Constance said several improvements were made to the plans as a result, including reducing the height of lift shafts.

Meanwhile, at Thirroul Station, a 150-bay carpark will be built, complete with security fencing, lighting and CCTV, Andrews said.

“We know how frustrating it can be driving around trying to find somewhere to park before catching a train, so these extra spaces will come as welcome relief for those who use Thirroul Station,” Constance said.

Local member for Heathcote Lee Evans said the additional car spaces would be welcomed by the community.

“A lack of parking around train stations is one of the big issues for customers,” Evans reported.

“The new car park being built at Church Street will benefit those who park and ride at Thirroul and return street parking to those who live, work and shop locally.”