Illawarra and Wollongong commuters will soon have safe, modern and accessible train stations following an $18 million commitment from the NSW Government.
Minister for Transport, Veterans and Western Sydney David Elliott said Bellambi and Dapto train stations would both undergo major construction works as part of the NSW Government’s $2.2 billion Transport Access Program (TAP).
Mr Elliott said TAP was delivering a better experience for public transport commuters across the State by providing accessible, modern, secure and integrated transport infrastructure.
“Almost $600 million has been committed to TAP upgrades in regional NSW since 2011, with more than 470 projects either completed or currently underway across NSW,” Mr Elliott said.
“The NSW Government provided $10 million for the upgrade at Bellambi and $8.1 million for the upgrade at Dapto, which are among 37 regional and intercity stations to benefit under the latest round of the program,” Mr Elliott said.
Parliamentary Secretary for Wollongong and the Illawarra, Peter Poulos said the upgrades would be a great benefit to commuters with features to make the stations safer through improved lighting and more accessible for those with limited mobility, carers or parents with prams and commuters with luggage.
“The upgrades at Bellambi will give commuters a new accessible ramp onto the platform, two new accessible parking spaces, a formal kiss-and-ride zone, and a bike shelter. The existing station building will be removed and a new one constructed further along the platform to deliver a wider platform on either side of the building.
“Dapto station will have upgraded ramps, a formal kiss-and-ride zone, platform 1 will be widened, platform 2 will be re-surfaced, a new accessible path to platform 1 and 2 and an upgraded pedestrian zone on the level crossing,” Mr Poulos said.