A level crossing has been ruled out as an option to replace the stairs at Unanderra station.
Transport for NSW said it would create a danger risk for pedestrians looking to access the platform.
Also, Transport for NSW policy is to avoid building new level crossings wherever possible.
In response to a number of recent Mercury stories about the battle to install lifts at Unanderra, readers have stated the government should put in a level crossing.
The reasoning goes that it would be a cheaper option that lifts, which are estimated to cost at least $20 million.
However, a spokeswoman for Transport for NSW said that would not be happening at Unanderra.
“A level crossing would not be considered at Unanderra as these are not preferred for people with a disability or mobility issues and present a safety risk in crossing tracks for any pedestrian,” the Transport for NSW spokeswoman said.
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“Bridges and subways are the safest way to cross railways, with lifts provided to improve accessibility.”
Also Transport for NSW states “building new level crossings is to be avoided wherever possible” because they represent “significant collision potential for pedestrians, road and rail users”.
There are other, more practical, problems with a level crossing at Unanderra station.
The platform is shorter than at most other stations with room for only the last six carriages.
That means on all southbound services, the first two carriages would actually stop right on the level crossing.
Another problem is the presence of freight trains that stop on a rail siding at the station.
They would also block any crossing at that location.