The NSW Government is today announcing seven new stations will receive upgrades as part of an $800 million election 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 the additional $300 million Labor committed at the 2023 election.
Quotes attributable to Premier Chris Minns:
“In 2024, it’s not acceptable that a person in a wheelchair or a parent with a pram can’t access a station in NSW.
“We committed to upgrading train stations to make them more accessible, safe and secure for the people who need them the most, and that is what we are delivering.”
Quotes attributable to Transport Minister Jo Haylen:
“Macquarie Fields Station dates back to 1888 and has long been in need of a facelift. I’m thrilled that the NSW Government is able to deliver this and give the local community the transport interchange they deserve.”
“We know the community has been advocating for these improvements for a long time and they will soon have the opportunity to have their say on this much-needed project.”
“Transport hubs should be safe and welcoming places for everyone. That’s why the NSW Government is committing $300 million to the new Safe Accessible
Transport Program, to make sure our public transport is as safe and inclusive as possible.”
Quotes attributable to Disability Inclusion Minister Kate Washington:
“A big focus for our Government is investing in disability access improvements where they’re urgently needed. The Macquarie Fields community should not have been left with such an inaccessible station for so long.
“The lifts, accessible parking and toilets will open up new opportunities for people with disability, parents with prams, and anyone with mobility issues.”
“It is fantastic that the majority of the T1 North Shore line is now fully accessible, however the previous Government’s investment should have been fairly spread across the State.
“We’re now playing an important game of catch-up across the state, but everyone will be all the better for it.
Quotes attributable to the Member for Macquarie Fields, Anoulack Chanthivong MP:
“We have a very diverse community, with many young families and carers with prams, people with disabilities, the elderly, women and girls – to whom this station upgrade is going to mean a world of difference.”
“There will be some disruption during the construction phase, however it’s short-term pain for long-term gain – as we know this upgrade will deliver a safer, more accessible and more inclusive station.”
Premier of NSW
Minister for Transport
Minister for Disability Inclusion
Member for Macquarie Fields