All aboard: Dubbo railway station upgrade will deliver better access for all rail passengers
Dubbo’s historic railway station is about to receive a facelift that will deliver a safer, more accessible and more modern facility for all rail passengers.
The upgrade is funded through the NSW Government’s multibillion-dollar Transport Access Program (TAP). It will make accessing the station easier for people with a disability or limited mobility, parents and carers with prams, and customers with luggage.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Jenny Aitchison said the final design for the upgrade had drawn on valuable feedback from Dubbo Station users so that the upgrade will meet passengers’ future needs.
“The NSW Government is committed to making public transport a first choice option for people living in the regions and the upgrade of the 141-year-old Dubbo Station will make it a more attractive transport choice for many more people,” Ms Aitchison said.
The final design features upgrades to existing paths around the station precinct, a new accessible kiss and ride zone and improved amenities including ambulant toilets.
There will also be modifications to the waiting room and ticket counter to make using the station more comfortable and convenient, new tactile indicators along the platform and improvements to lighting and wayfinding.
Work on the station upgrade is due to start in June for completion by the end of the year.
Ms Aitchison said following a competitive tender award process the Dubbo Station upgrade will be led by North Construction, on behalf of Transport for NSW. It will support about 40 local jobs to provide a welcome boost to the local economy and tourism sector.
“Railway station upgrades such as we’re seeing at Dubbo are focused on making it easier for people living in all parts of the state to choose rail as a comfortable, convenient and safe transport option,” Ms Aitchison said.
Since TAP started, the NSW Government has committed more than $2.2 billion to upgrades with more than 520 projects either completed or currently underway across NSW.
For more information about the TAP program, visit the Transport for NSW website.