NO RELIEF IN SIGHT FOR DISABLED COMMUTERS-->
Less than half of train stations in NSW are wheelchair accessible – leaving thousands of disabled commuters, elderly passengers and travelling mothers in the lurch right across the state.
Documents obtained by the NSW Opposition under FOI show the Baird Government has no plans to upgrade 131 out of 162 stations which are not currently wheelchair accessible.
The Government has no plans to upgrade some of the busiest stations on the Sydney Trains network – including Doonside, Clyde, Tempe, East Hills, Punchbowl, Stanmore and Macquarie Fields.
Commuters in the Parramatta region are the hardest hit, with four local stations – Camellia, Rosehill, Rydalmere and Telopea – set to be left without an access upgrade indefinitely.
The Government also has no plans for an upgrade at Unanderra Station – where distressing footage of a double amputee struggling to push himself up the stairs was filmed earlier this year.
Of the 311 stations on our state’s railway network, only nine have been upgraded in the last 18 months.
The Government went to the 2011 election campaigning for an access upgrade to North Strathfield station – but has failed to devise a plan for its upgrade in more than four years.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Ryan Park
“Every commuter deserves to have access to the NSW rail network – but for thousands of disabled commuters, elderly passengers and travelling mums that sadly isn’t the case.”
“At the rate the Baird Government is going it’ll take 25 years to provide wheelchair access to the rest of the network.”
“The Government should be doing everything in its power to get people out of their cars and onto public transport – but it keeps leaving disabled, elderly and immobile passengers in the lurch.”