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Sydney Metro stations to be fully accessible

Published 11th September, 2018 in Transport

Lifts and escalators have been purchased to make Sydney Metro a fully accessible railway for people in wheelchairs, parents with prams and those who are less able.

Construction of a Sydney Metro station

Approximately 70 lifts and 130 escalators will be installed on the Sydney Metro from Chatswood into the city and beyond to the south-west.

Accessibility upgrades will include:

  • New lifts and escalators for the six new metro railway stations at Crows Nest, Victoria Cross, Barangaroo, Martin Place, Pitt Street and Waterloo.
  • Lifts and escalators to provide direct access to Central Walk from the underground Central Station metro platforms.
  • New escalators from the new underground Central Walk concourse to platforms 12-23 at Central Station.

The upgrade of the Bankstown line to metro standards means all 11 stations between Sydenham and Bankstown will have lifts – including Punchbowl, Wiley Park, Canterbury, Hurlstone Park and Dulwich Hill.

Each metro train has two wheelchair spaces per carriage, as well as dedicated priority seating for those less able. Each train also has two multi-purpose areas for prams, luggage and bicycles.

Sydney Metro is Australia’s first fully automated railway, and will feature the country’s first platform screen doors. These will keep people and objects away from the tracks and allow trains to get in and out of stations much faster.

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said there will be more choice for people in how they get around Sydney.

“We’re building this unprecedented project mostly deep underground, and we need this infrastructure to get customers to these fully-accessible stations,” said Mr Constance.

Sydney Metro will open in the city’s north-west in early 2019.

Find out more about the Sydney Metro project

Published 11th September, 2018 in Transport
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