Relief in sight at last:State Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian (front) with Oatley MP Mark Coure, and some pleased Oatley residents. Picture: Chris Lane caption
OATLEY railway station will get a lift — finally.
Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian and Oatley MP Mark Coure announced a major upgrade for the station last Friday and promised that the planning work would start immediately.
“We’re pressing the green button and we will keep the community posted every step of the way,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“The community has been fighting for this for a very long time and we’ve been following closely what the residents are saying.”
She said that tenders would be out soon for the engineering and scope work to produce the best options for the challenging station entry.
“Now that Oatley has been identified for a major upgrade the government will undertake the necessary work to determine the scope of what will be needed to make the station accessible for customers, including those using a wheelchair, the elderly and families with prams,” she said.
Mr Coure, who turned 34 on the day of the announcement, said it was the best birthday present.
“This is a significant announcement for the people of Oatley,” he said.
“I promised to fight for this if elected and I’ve fought really hard; it took 16 months to do what the ALP couldn’t do in 16 years.
“This means a lot to me.”
The upgrade is one part of the $770 million Transport Access Program – a state government initiative to deliver improvements for public transport customers.
A lift, new stairs, upgraded footpath and landscaping will be considered as part of a package of improvements.
“Better late than never” and “something to look forward to” was how Oatley residents Norm and Beryl Butters chose to describe the announcement.
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