The level crossings at Dapto and Bellambi stations will be upgraded to provide better access, despite a government policy to remove them wherever possible.
Both stations are in line for an upgrade under the Transport Access Program (TAP) - the same scheme that will see three lifts built at Unanderra station.
At present, the platforms are accessed via level crossings at the end of the stations.
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Those crossings do not fit the disability standards for accessible public transport, which forms part of the Disability Discrimination Act, so the government has to rectify that.
At one stage, artist's plans showed lifts at Dapto station; a plan that has since been scrapped.
This would ensure safe access across the corridor without the need to build significant structures, such as a new pedestrian footbridge and lifts.Transport for NSW spokeswoman
"Planning is underway to improve access at Dapto and Bellambi stations, including an upgrade to the existing pedestrian level crossings to comply with the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport," a Transport for NSW spokeswoman said.
"This would ensure safe access across the corridor without the need to build significant structures, such as a new pedestrian footbridge and lifts, also providing greater value for money for NSW taxpayers."
This is despite Transport for NSW's Level Crossing Closures policy that recommends they "should be closed wherever it is practical and cost-effective".
Transport for NSW could not give a costing for removing the crossings, because costs can vary depending on the scope of work required to upgrade or to remove them.
"Transport for NSW plans station accessibility upgrades on a case by case basis taking into consideration a range of criteria, including the existing facilities such as level crossings, traffic volumes, current and future patronage and local community needs," the Transport for NSW spokeswoman said.
With both station upgrades still in the planning phase, it will be some time before the Review of Environmental Factors is released for public opinion.