Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today welcomed $296,500 from the NSW Liberal National Government’s 2017-19 Country Passenger Transport Infrastructure Grants Scheme (CPTIGS) which will be used by Maitland City Council to improve public transport infrastructure in the Maitland LGA.
“The primary focus of the funding is to improve accessibility, including the installation of guidance tools for customers with vision impairment and wheelchairs,” Mr MacDonald said.
“All projects are required to meet the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport and I am delighted to see Maitland City Council receive funding for projects in their area.
“This grant will see 24 new accessible bus shelters built while a further 29 shelters will be upgraded to ensure that they meet disability access standards.”
“In April Minister Constance and I visited Victoria Street station and met with commuters who benefitted from the accessibility upgrades as part of that redevelopment.”
“I’m pleased that similar upgrades will now be rolled out across Maitland to better assist local residents and commuters.”
“Maitland is the fastest growing non metro region in NSW so it is important that we not only have continued investment from other levels of Government in public transport infrastructure, but that the resulting infrastructure is accessible,” Maitland City Council Mayor Loretta Baker said.
“This funding will go a long way toward Council’s goal of making all bus stops across Maitland compliant with Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport.”
More than $1.9 million has been made available by the NSW Government for the 2017-2019 CPTIGS, which provides subsidies to support the construction or upgrade of bus stop infrastructure owned and maintained by regional councils across regional NSW.
This funding will see more than 400 projects supported across more than 40 local government areas, including new and upgraded bus shelters, security lighting, new bus stop seats, timetable information boards and tactile board.