Fairy Meadow train station could have two new lifts in time for Christmas 2020.
Work to install the lifts has started with a Transport for NSW spokesperson stating the accessibility upgrade will take about 12 months to complete.
The spokesperson said when complete, the accessibility upgrade at Fairy Meadow station will make travelling easier for all customers.
"Over the next few months customers will notice work starting on the new lift shafts, as well as construction of a new ramp connecting the commuter car park to Platform 2," the spokesperson said.
The accessibility upgrade will deliver:
- two new lifts to provide access from the Elliotts Road overpass to both platforms and the commuter car park
- a new ramp and stairs to access Platform 2
- new family accessible toilets and ambulant toilets on both platforms
- a new kiss and ride bay in the commuter car park
- additional CCTV, lighting and wayfinding
- boarding assistance zones that include canopies for weather protection
- removal of the pedestrian level crossing to improve safety
The spokesperson said the work would take around 12 months to complete and the community would be informed of the progress.
"We anticipate some changes to traffic conditions on Elliotts Road overpass to allow concrete pours to complete the construction of the lift shafts in early 2020," the spokesperson said.
"Traffic control, detours and signage will be in place to assist pedestrians and motorists.
"The community will be notified of any changes in advance and this work will be completed in collaboration with council to minimise impact to road users."
The Fairy Meadow station upgrade is being delivered under the NSW Government's Transport Access Program.
As part of the program, preliminary investigation work is also underway for accessibility upgrades at Dapto, Towradgi, Bellambi and Unanderra stations.
The spokesperson said planning work for the accessibility upgrade at Unanderra station was currently being carried out.
This included service investigations, design work, geotechnical surveys and constructability assessments.
"Once a final concept design has been completed, a formal planning document - the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) - will be developed along with the required specialist studies.
"The community will have an opportunity to provide feedback on these documents early next year as part of the planning approval process.
"Construction is due to be completed by 2022."