Contracts have been awarded for $6.3 million upgrades of New South Wales’ Grafton and Casino train stations. 

New South Wales Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Sam Farraway, said a contract had been awarded to Van Mal Group to improve accessibility at the two train stations. 

“The New South Wales Government is building the infrastructure that matters to make daily life easier for people living in the bush,” Mr Farraway said. 

“This upgrade will provide better services for public transport customers by delivering accessible, modern, secure and integrated transport infrastructure. 

“At each station we are providing more accessible car parking spaces and installing a new accessible kiss and ride zone at the front of the station making it easier for pick up and drop off.”

Member for Clarence, Chris Gulaptis, said the upgrades would include modified waiting rooms, a ticket counter, upgraded amenities including ambulant toilets as well as improved signage and lighting for customers. 

“Living in the bush doesn’t mean we should compromise on the infrastructure that makes our daily lives easier,” Mr Gulaptis said. 

“At Grafton we will provide a new accessible ramp between the main entry and the platform, upgrade the main entrance stairs to a pedestrian entry ramp, relocate taxi bays and put in new tactile indicators along the platform.

“At Casino we’ll also upgrade existing paths and ramps around the station precinct, regrade sections of the platform and install new tactile indicators.

“This work will improve the customer experience for all commuters, particularly those with disabilities or limited mobility.”

The $6.3 million budget for upgrading the two stations is funded through the New South Wales Government’s Transport Access Program, which aims to deliver a better experience to public transport customers across the state, by providing accessible, modern, secure and integrated transport infrastructure.

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