Haylen Calls For Lifts At Lewisham Railway Station

Haylen Calls For Lifts At Lewisham Railway Station

New South Wales Member for Summer Hill Jo Haylen

All Aboard For Lewisham Railway Station Access Upgrade

Victor P Taffa

Member for Summer Hill Jo Haylen has been calling upon the Baird Government to install lifts at Lewisham Railway Station.

“Lewisham is one of the most highly utilized railway stations in the Inner West without a lift, but for residents with a disability, or parents with prams, Lewisham Railway Station is a no-go.” Ms. Haylen said.

“Passengers are still forced to trek up and down steep stairs, as well as pack their gumboots when it rains.” Ms. Haylen said.

The Station floods regularly and does not meet the requirements of the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act 1992. All railway stations are required to be fully accessible, but the Baird Government has not yet released a schedule for upgrades to Lewisham Railway Station.

Ms. Haylen has collected hundreds of signatures in her campaign to have the railway station upgraded.

“What is clear is that the community strongly supports an upgrade. The State Opposition is listening.” Ms. Haylen said.

“I’m pleased to welcome Jodi McKay (Member for Strathfield) to Lewisham to talk about accessible public transport.” Ms. Haylen said.

“Jodi understands that we all have an investment in accessible public transport and that is unfair that Lewisham residents aren’t able to access their station.” Ms. Haylen said.

“Our public transport system still treats disabled passengers like they’re invisible.” Ms. McKay said.

“Our public transport network is for everyone and we need to make sure we each enjoy equal access to our trains, light rail, buses and ferries.” Ms. McKay said.

“Lewisham Railway Station is badly in need of an upgrade and I join with Jo in urging the Transport Minister to get it done.” Ms. McKay said.


Ashfield Railway Station

In 2002 Ashfield Railway Station received a major upgrade with the installation of an overhead concourse which also contained lifts.

Ashfield Railway Station is also located on the Inner West Line with only Summer Hill separating it from Lewisham Railway Station. Ashfield Railway Station is a 5 Platform Station and as with Lewisham Railway Station, the subway was narrow and unsuitable for modern needs.

Lewisham Railway Station is a 2 Platform Station and has close access to Railway Terrace near to street level. As such the installation of an overhead concourse and lifts would not cost as much to install as the concourse did for nearby Ashfield Railway Station.


Transport Budget

Transport should receive a budget equal as large as both the Health and Education Portfolios which enables a Lift and Platform Height Increase Program to be implemented for better passenger access at every Railway Station across New South Wales.

While Health requires a large budget for Hospitals and Ancillary Services and Education requires a large budget for Schools and new bricks and mortar classrooms it is Transport that gets students to school safely and successfully. Transport also enables people to visit their friends and relatives at Hospitals or Health Facilities.

The School Students Concession Passes must be paid for and much of the Transport Budget goes towards this. However when mothers with strollers, the elderly and disabled cannot access every Railway Station across new South Wales then it is time to ensure that the Transport budget was increased equal to that of both the Health and Education Portfolio Budgets.