Station finally gets lift

AFTER almost a century, commuters at Chester Hill Station will finally get a lift.

Work is expected to start later this year on a range of improvements after the State Government’s $300m budget boost to turbocharge accessibility upgrades.
The improvements, which have been designed to make public transport hubs more accessible and safer for all passengers but particularly for people with a disability, the elderly and parents with prams, should take about 18 months to complete.
The community will benefit from a new lift and stairs connecting Chester Hill Road to the station platform via a new elevated walkway, continuous canopy coverage from the station entry to both platforms and canopy replacement along Chester Hill Road.
There will also be a new accessible parking space and an accessible kiss and ride space along with improvements to bike parking and bus stops on Chester Hill Road and Waldron Road.
Other upgrades include a new family accessible toilet, hearing loops, platform regrading, tactile indicators and associated electrical upgrades, improved lighting, CCTV and wayfinding.
Transport Minister Jo Haylen said Chester Hill Station turned 100 this year, and was pleased to announce that during its second century, this station would finally have lifts.
“We know the community has been advocating for these improvements for a long time and they will soon have the opportunity to have their say on this much-needed project,” she said.
State MP for Auburn, Lynda Voltz was thrilled with “this much needed project”.
“We have a very diverse community with many young families and carers with prams, people with disabilities, the elderly, women and girls to whom this station upgrade is going to mean a world of difference,” she said.