State government announces funding for Wyee train station upgrade to boost accessibility

HIGHER CALLING: Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper, left, with Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald climbing the Wyee Station steps on Monday.
HIGHER CALLING: Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper, left, with Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald climbing the Wyee Station steps on Monday.

WYEE train station will receive lifts and new lighting under a suite of upgrades included in the upcoming state budget, the NSW government has confirmed. 

On Monday, Parliamentary Secretary for Hunter, Scot MacDonald, said Wyee Station would be included in an extra $133 million investment in the Transport Access Program next financial year.

“This announcement means planning for accessibility upgrades at Wyee station is set to commence with three new lifts and improved lighting to be installed to improve access,” Mr MacDonald said.

“The planned upgrades announced today are about getting as many stations accessible, as soon as possible, to improve the customer experience and comfort for those using the network.”

The Transport Access Program is a state government initiative to deliver safe, modern and accessible public transport infrastructure across the state.

The announcement of a further $133 million was in addition to the $1 billion invested since 2011, Mr MacDonald said.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald, left, with MP Greg Piper, at Monday's announcement. Picture: Supplied

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald, left, with MP Greg Piper, at Monday's announcement. Picture: Supplied

More than 450 projects have been delivered or are under way across the state, including accessibility upgrades at stations, better transport interchanges, and upgrades to ferry wharves

Member for Lake Macquarie, Greg Piper, welcomed the announcement.

In March, Mr Piper put the project on a wish list of infrastructure upgrades he hoped to see funded in the June 19 budget. 

“This is another fantastic win for the Lake Macquarie community which has campaigned for many years to improve access issues at Wyee Station,” Mr Piper said.

“Accessibility to the station has been a major deterrent for people wanting or needing to use Wyee Station because a lot of people, especially the aged or mobility impaired, simply can’t use the stairs.

“This announcement is not just a win for the Wyee community but for the many thousands who live in the northern parts of the Central Coast who want to use Wyee Station to travel to work, school, or day trips to Sydney and Newcastle.

“I thank everyone who has supported the campaign, as well as the Transport Minister and Premier, and Scot MacDonald MLC who has provided valuable support.”

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