Glenbrook train commuters are likely to see a lift installed at the station under a state government accessibility upgrade.
Penrith MP Stuart Ayres announced details of the consultation process for the upgrade at the station on Wednesday, June 14.
Although the scope of the work is yet to be determined, he left no doubt he would like to see a lift installed at the popular station.
“We want to take full advantage of our time engaging with the community to drive home to Transport [for NSW] that this community really wants a lift,” he said.
Transport for NSW will now start site investigations as well as community consultation.
“As part of our planning, we’ll investigate what work will be required to make Glenbrook station fully accessible including new lifts, lighting, handrails, toilets and signage. This will include site investigations and consultation with the local community and stakeholders,” said Mr Ayres.
Glenbrook is the only Blue Mountains station included in the latest $200 million rollout of the State Government Transport Access program.
While Woodford residents in the neighbouring Blue Mountains electorate have been lobbying for lifts at the Mid-Mountains station for some time, Mr Ayres said the government couldn’t upgrade all stations at once.
“[Glenbrook] is probably one of the most used stations in the lower half of the Mountains... We don’t have an infinite amount of resources available so we’ve got to try and prioritise those where we see the greatest demand,” he said.
Blue Mountains MP Trish Doyle welcomed the upgrade for Glenbrook station.
“This is great news for Glenbrook and the Blue Mountains line – every extra station that is upgraded is to be welcomed,” she said.
“Glenbrook is a growth area and a key commuter suburb so they have needed this upgrade. With Wentworth Falls all but done, Leura coming along well and now Glenbrook on the drawing board, we can turn our attention to the Mid Mountains and hopefully get the ball rolling on an access upgrade for Hazelbrook or Woodford.”
Mr Ayres urged local residents to support the upgrade by completing the online survey: https://goo.gl/forms/a7VpBksiJz6r9vFj2.