The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) welcomes the NSW Government’s pre-Budget announcement to deliver $133 million under the Transport Access Program to upgrade accessibility to at least 11 train stations across the State.

“Due to the historic nature of many rail assets, particularly in Sydney, the investment required to upgrade old infrastructure is not always an easy task and can come with a hefty price tag,” said Danny Broad, CEO, ARA.

“Given rail’s importance as a transport service for all members of the community, accessibility is one of the highest priority issues for passenger rail operators nationally.

“The NSW Government’s $133 million commitment to ensure public transport is accessible for all customers will help ensure that the NSW rail network is improving the access it provides for individuals in NSW communities.

“The ARA welcomes the NSW Government’s funding announcement and will continue to work with governments and ARA members to increase the accessibility of rolling stock and rail infrastructure, as well as actively improving the customer experience as a whole for people with a disability,” concluded Danny Broad.

Today’s announcement confirms the NSW Government will allocate funds in its upcoming Budget to allow planning for accessibility upgrades at North Strathfield, Kingswood, Hazelbrook, Wyee, Blayney, Mittagong, Clarendon, Hawkesbury River, Wahroonga, Taree, Roseville and further progression of Glenbrook, Beecroft, Millthorpe and Como stations.