Customers now have lift access at Broadmeadow Station for the first time, with an $18.5 million accessibility and safety upgrade now complete.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said customers will now benefit from three new lifts, new weather protection canopies, upgraded security, better signage, improvements to station entrances and footpath upgrades. Work will also start later this year on a family accessible toilet.
“This is the first major upgrade of Broadmeadow Station in more than 40 years,” Mr MacDonald said.
“It will make using public transport even easier, particularly for the elderly, people with a disability, parents with prams and people carrying luggage.”
“Broadmeadow Station will be a central destination in Newcastle’s future transport network – this upgrade makes the station easier to use and will help encourage more people to use public transport.
“We want Newcastle to have a world class transport system, which is why a new operator, Newcastle Transport, will overhaul the bus timetable in 2018 and better integrate buses with trains.
The Broadmeadow Station underpass has also undergone a lively transformation with a bright new piece of public art.
“The local history and place making theme of the mural was decided by the local community, and the artwork’s quote – ‘We’ve built many things along the way, the path we’re on now leads to even more’ – encapsulates our aspirations for Newcastle,” Mr MacDonald said.
The upgrades were completed as part of the Transport Access Program, a NSW Government initiative to provide a better experience for public transport customers by delivering accessible, modern, secure and integrated transport infrastructure.
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