Seven train stations to be upgraded as part of NSW Government’s $800 million Safe Accessible Transport Plan
The NSW Government is today announcing seven new stations will receive upgrades as part of an $800 million commitment to accelerate accessibility upgrades at stations across NSW.
Thousands of commuters will benefit from the rollout of the program designed to make public transport safer and more accessible, particularly for vulnerable members of the community.
The 136-year-old Macquarie Fields Station is one of seven new stations in line for an upgrade. The station has never been fully accessible, with the City-bound Platform 1 only accessible via stairs.
More than 10,000 passengers travel through the station every week and the community is home to 2,000 people aged over 60, many of whom have been campaigning for lifts for over 8 years. Their campaign was ignored by the previous NSW Liberal Government who invested in lesser-used stations like Hawkesbury River Station first, which sees only a quarter of the weekly passenger numbers.
Upgrades to Macquarie Fields Station will include a new footbridge with lifts, stairs, a covered walkway to the platforms, a new family accessible toilet, improved lighting and CCTV. There will be six accessible parking spaces, two new accessible drop-off spaces and a relocated bus stop on Railway Parade. Access to the station will be improved with a new pedestrian crossing and signage.
Having completed early stakeholder engagement with vulnerable members of the community, Transport for NSW will undertake targeted stakeholder engagement over the coming months. The community will be invited to have their say on the draft concept design toward the end of the year.
Major construction is expected to begin in late 2024, following the development of planning approval documentation, with work taking around 18 months to complete.
Other stations include:
• Moss Vale
• Bardwell Park
• Chester Hill
The $800.7 million program is a combination of the old Transport Accessibility Program, the Commuter Carpark Program, and an additional $300 million committed in 2023.