Big facelift for Wiley Park station
Wiley Park station is more accessible than ever before, as new lifts are put into service for the first time in the station’s history.
After years of community campaigns, passengers on the 128-year-old Bankstown Line are starting to see the benefits from major accessibility upgrades that have been delivered as part of the Sydney Metro Southwest project.
Having changed very little since it opened in 1938, Wiley Park station visitors will now benefit from a renovated concourse, a new station entry plaza with seating, lighting and extra bicycle parking, new platform canopies and re-surfaced platforms and platform access ramps.
The installation of the lifts took place during weekend trackwork closures, using a 350-tonne crane to lift the shafts into place.
New lifts will also be operational at Punchbowl, Canterbury, Hurlstone Park and Dulwich Hill before the end of the year, making the stations fully accessible for the first time.
When the Bankstown to Sydenham Metro Southwest line opens in 2025, Wiley Park will be one of 10 stations that will see a modern, frequent and reliable metro services in Sydney’s southwest.
Minister for Transport Jo Haylen said:
“This is an exciting milestone for the south-west Sydney community, as their local stations finally see long overdue upgrades to improve accessibility.
“This upgrade is part of Wiley Park station’s transformation from an under-served train station with 4 trains an hour, to a modern metro station with 15 trains per hour.”
Member for Bankstown Jihad Dib said:
“For decades, Wiley Park was the forgotten station on the Bankstown line. There was no shelter from the rain or sun, terrible lighting and the whole place looked like it was frozen in time.
“After strong community campaigns along the Bankstown line forced action, it’s great to see vital accessibility upgrades finally being delivered.
“Mums with prams, elderly people, kids with bikes and people with disability who didn’t want to try their luck with the steep ramps will finally be able to make the most of the newly accessible train station.
“A big congratulations to Canterbury Bankstown Council and the community who have held this government and previous governments to their commitments to improve station accessibility across Sydney’s south-west.”