NSW Budget: $1 billion boost for transport access program
Premier Gladys Berejiklian today confirmed a further $200 million will be spent on improving access to public transport, boosting NSW’s investment in public transport accessibility to $1 billion since 2011.
The Premier today joined Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance to inspect the progress of construction at Narwee station and confirmed extra funds in the NSW Budget will unlock plans for five new projects at Beecroft, Beverley Hills, Casula, Como and Glenbrook.
“When we came to Government in 2011 public transport had been neglected, customers with disability or even using a pram in many places could not access public transport safely and in six years we’ve completely turned that around,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“Thanks to the Transport Access Program I am pleased to confirm 159 of 307 train stations in NSW are now wheelchair accessible. And we are not stopping there.”
Mr Perrottet said, “This Government is committed to making sure everyone shares in the state’s success, and part of that is making public transport accessible for everyone.”
Minister Constance said the Government was delivering an unprecedented program with 450 projects completed or underway across the state.
“These upgrades are crucial to ensuring that our customers can access public transport, especially those with a disability and the elderly,” Mr Constance said.
“The Program has also allowed the Government to deliver more than 6000 parking spots, and another 8,000 are on the way.”
The Budget includes funding to unlock more than 70 other accessibility projects for Leura, Toongabbie, Homebush stations, upgrades to Cockatoo Island, Abbotsford and Cabarita wharves, more car spaces at Ashfield, Merrylands, Pendle Hill and Penrith, and new Opal activated Bike sheds.
The Transport Access Program is a NSW Government initiative to deliver safe, modern and accessible public transport infrastructure across the state.