WARATAH train station looks set for an upgrade after the NSW government announced plans for accessibility improvements at the Hunter line station.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald said the station would be upgraded as part of the Transport Access Program.
“The Transport Access Program is a NSW government initiative to deliver safe, modern and accessible public transport infrastructure across the state and I am delighted that important planning work will commence soon at Waratah station,” Mr MacDonald said.
“This is the first step to determine what improvements are needed to make this station accessible.
“Early investigation work will be completed in the coming months followed by the development of concept plans.”
The move was welcomed by Wallsend MP Sonia Hornery, who said the station was “long overdue” for an upgrade.
“Over the last few months my office has written to the Minister for Transport about an upgrade, particularly for elderly and disabled passengers and parents with prams who currently cannot use the station due to the stairs,” she said.
“I am glad that the minister has listened to the community and that the station will be upgraded.
“We now need to make sure that lifts are a part of the upgrade.”
The state government has invested more than $1 billion in the Transport Access Program since 2011.