Wheelchair user at station at barrier free accessibility compartment sign mobility transport

The $3.6 million contract for accessibility upgrades to New South Wales’ Taree railway station has been awarded by the State Government’s Transport Access Program. 

Abi Civil was awarded the contract for the installation of accessibility features including ramp, footpath upgrades, car park walkway improvements, and renovated waiting room and ticket counter.

New South Wales’ Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Transport and Roads, Stephen Bromhead, said the $3.6 million Taree station upgrade project was funded through the State Government’s Transport Access Program and would deliver a better experience for public transport customers in Taree.

“This program will make Taree Station more accessible to people with a disability, limited mobility and parents with prams,” Mr Bromhead said.

“With this upgrade we will provide more modern facilities that meet the needs of our growing community and support an integrated transport network making the daily commute easier for locals and visitors.”

State Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Sam Farraway, said Taree train station would undergo a revamp to be fully accessible to people with a disability, limited mobility, carers or parents with prams and customers with luggage.

“This upgrade will provide a better experience for public transport customers by delivering accessible, modern, secure and integrated transport infrastructure,” Mr Farraway said.

“When work starts in the coming weeks we will be installing a new ramp to the platform, upgrading footpaths and walkways between the platform and the car park, upgrading the two accessible car spaces and modifying the waiting room and ticket counter.

“We’ll also provide improved amenities including a family accessible toilet and ambulant toilets, install tactile indicators along the platform and improve lighting and signage.”

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3 Comments
  1. Andrew 2 years ago

    Crikey this cost makes most stations inaccessible as traffic would never justify the price of upgrades.
    If the scope of work is really as per the article, I’m left wondering where all the value has actually gone.

    • Don 1 year ago

      Public infrastructure isn’t a profit-taking enterprise, so the “justification” of costs is that ALL of the public can access public transport. It’s a human rights issue, not a cost-benefit analysis.

  2. Don 1 year ago

    Public infrastructure isn’t a profit-taking enterprise, so the “justification” of costs is that ALL of the public can access public transport. It’s a human rights issue, not a cost-benefit analysis.

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