Updated | Community campaigners delighted by opening of new lift at Narwee station seven months ahead of schedule

A new lift and other improvements at Narwee train station have opened seven months ahead of schedule.

Residents joined Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Transport Minister Andrew Constance for the official opening on Thursday.

“I said to my sister last night, isn't it wonderful,” said Margaret Sutton, whose adopted daughter Rachel has cerebral palsy.

“We were able to walk the streets of the city and not worry whether we've walked too far or not far enough,” said Ms Sutton of a trip to the city.

“We didn't have to park our car somewhere and just walk a distance around where our car is.”

Oatley MP Mark Coure congratulated community campaigners such as Ms Sutton and her sister Ivy for pushing for a station upgrade at Narwee.

“We've got a choice to go out and access the community,” said Margaret Sutton. “We should be given the choice to be able to do it. And to be able to do it means having those accessible stations.”

Mr Coure said the station upgrade was a great result for train travellers in the area.

“I am excited that this project was delivered seven months early,” he said.

“It means customers can now use the new lift and family accessible toilet, find shelter under the weather protection canopies and feel safer knowing there is upgraded lighting and surveillance.”

The project was announced in 2014.

Ms Berejiklian said it was a major milestone as it marked the completion of 400 projects under the state government's Transport Access Program.

The program is “an initiative to deliver safe, modern and accessible public transport infrastructure across NSW”.

“Since its launch in 2011, this government has invested more than $1 billion in the Transport Access Program,” she said.

“This has delivered accessibility upgrades at an extra 45 stations and 15 ferry wharves.

“We have also created 6000 new car parking spaces and upgraded more than 40 interchanges.

“These crucial upgrades, which range from new lifts, ramps and stairs, new footbridges, improved CCTV, weather canopies, kiss and ride zones, bike lockers and more, will support the growing amount of customers accessing public transport.”

Mr Constance said Narwee had a fully accessible station well ahead of schedule.

“There is still a lot of work ahead of us, and 2018 will see us cracking on with even more station upgrades,” he said.

The completion of work at Narwee Station means 167 out of 307 stations on the intercity and suburban networks are now wheelchair accessible.

This represents around 54 per cent of stations and more than 88 per cent of overall patronage accessing these stations.


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