HISTORIC ARMIDALE RAILWAY STATION TO UNDERGO $1.18 MILLION UPGRADE

HISTORIC ARMIDALE RAILWAY STATION TO UNDERGO $1.18 MILLION UPGRADE

Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall outside the historic Armidale Railway Station, which will undergo a $1.18 million upgrade at the end of this month.

Thursday, 2 July 2020

NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has today announced a major refurbishment of Armidale’s 137-year-old railway station will begin at the end of this month, with the State Government investing $1,187,101 to improve safety and disability access.

Mr Marshall said the upgrade would make it easier for all travelers, including people with a disability, to access public transport services from the station.

“With its mix of rail and coach services, the Armidale Station offers passengers accessible and affordable travel options between the New England and greater NSW,” Mr Marshall said.

“Following an extensive community consultation period earlier this year Transport for NSW identified a number of works needed to ensure the facility continues to service the needs of passengers.

“Existing footpaths will be stabilised to improve pedestrian access while car spaces and the kiss and ride area will be extended to make for smoother pick-ups and drop offs.

“A formalised bus stop will be established at the entrance to the facility so people can identify where they need to stand in preparation for boarding and disembarking.

“Additional closed-circuit television cameras and lighting will be installed on the platform which will make travellers feel safer when they arrive on the evening Explorer Service from Sydney.

“The refurbishment is expected to start at end of July and 30 local tradies will be employed over the life of the project.

“Upgrades like this ensure stations have the amenities to support growth in public transport and build upon our vision to make public transport a first choice for everyone living in the bush.”

The upgrade is being delivered under the NSW Government’s Transport Access Program, an initiative to deliver safe, modern and accessible public transport infrastructure.

More than $2 billion has been committed to the Transport Access Program since 2011, with more than 470 projects either completed or currently underway across NSW.

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