Sage and people power equals canopies crushed

Planned steel canopies for Leura and Blackheath railway stations have been scrapped following adverse feedback from local residents and commuters.

Leura commuters made their views known on these pyramids which covered the already-dug footings.

Leura commuters made their views known on these pyramids which covered the already-dug footings.

Blue Mountains MP Roza Sage said she had asked Transport for NSW to revise its plans.

“I have been working hard to make sure the new canopy designs take into account the heritage significance at each of the stations,” she said.

“I’ve also been consulting with the community who have made it clear they feel the work will detract from the heritage aspects at Blackheath and Leura stations.

“Taking into account these  concerns and the existing cover  on the stations, it has been decided that on balance these canopies will not be constructed.”

Work will continue on shelters at Springwood and Blaxland.

Blackheath Chamber of Commerce’s Adele Colman called it “fantastic”, adding Mrs Sage had visited Blackheath to talk to early morning commuters. 

“It was a very proactive thing for her to have done, to get the views of people using the trains,” Ms Colman said.

“We would like to get the money saved, put into extending the commuter carpark.”

Leura residents had scrawled their views on the yellow pyramids placed over footings which had already been dug for the canopy. 

It is not clear when those pyramids will be removed.

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