Jonathan O’Dea, State Member for Davidson
Commuters on Sydney Trains will benefit from an additional $133 million investment into the NSW Government’s Transport Access Program.
I am delighted that Roseville Train Station in my electorate of Davidson will share in this funding. Planning for the installation of a new footbridge, two new lifts and improved lighting will soon begin. It has been a long wait for local commuters who have struggled with up to 62 existing stairs.
This excellent outcome is what our local community wants. Almost 400 people participated in my recent online petition/survey calling on the Transport Minister to deliver access upgrades for Roseville and Killara Stations. Exactly 53% of respondents preferred a Roseville Station upgrade first, while 23% prioritised Killara Station and 24% gave the stations equal priority.
Roseville and Killara Stations were respectively ranked the eighth and ninth most deserving stations for lift upgrades, according to Transport for NSW analysis recently, highlighted in the Sydney Morning Herald. Thanks to all those who participated in my survey and I will continue lobbying for accessibility improvements at Killara Station.
Other Northern Sydney stations to benefit from the recent funding boost include Beecroft Station with further progression of works, Wahroonga Station where planning will begin for a lift, new lighting and concourse, and Hawkesbury River Station, where plans will be drawn up for two new lifts.
An additional $882 million will be invested in the Transport Access Program over the forward estimates, on top of the $1.2 billion invested since 2011 to fund accessibility upgrades at train stations, create better transport interchanges and build car parks.
I welcome the recent announcements and look forward to more upgrades in the future as part of this Government’s commitment to making public transport more accessible to less mobile customers, including seniors, people with a disability or those with prams and luggage.