Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan
Western Australia Minister for Disability Services Stephen Dawson
Upgraded Yarloop Railway Station More Accessible To Passengers
Victor P Taffa
- Upgrade of Yarloop Railway Station now complete
- Railway Station now accessible to passengers with mobility issues
- Upgrades are part of McGowan Government’s election commitment to rejuvenate the Australind train service
- Boost to recovering town and helps better connect Perth to the South-West
Premier Mark McGowan has unveiled the upgraded Yarloop Railway Station, which is now more accessible and will provide for faster boarding for the Australind train service.
“Completion of this upgraded station is an important step to help the community towards a full recovery, following the devastating fire of 2016. The upgrade recognises this Government’s commitment to revitalise the Australind train service.” Premier Mark McGowan said.
“As part of the Australind train service, the upgraded station is more accessible and will help attract visitors to the South-West providing a means of travel between Perth and Bunbury.”
6-metre-long platform is now sheltered, accessible via ramp or stairs, and has seating for 3 people. It means the station is now compliant with Disability and Discrimination Act standards.
Newly raised platform will improve the experience of Transwa passengers travelling to or from Yarloop on the Australind service, which operates twice a day between Bunbury and Perth.
“We know we live in an inclusive society when we see people with mobility issues everywhere; on trains and buses, at the shops and visiting friends.” Minister for Disability Services Stephen Dawson said.
“Access and inclusion are a win for the entire community, for people with disability, people with health conditions, parents with prams, and older Western Australians.”
2 car bays and 1 accessible (ACROD) bay have also been created, along with associated line marking and bollards, new kerbing and bitumen surface.
Old loading ramp opposite the station has been retained for its heritage value and will be fenced as part of the project.
“I’m pleased to be a part of the McGowan Government has got on with the job and delivered on our election commitment to make travel along the Australind train service easier.” Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke said.
A suite of regional station upgrades is underway with Carrabin Railway Station on the Prospector route to Kalgoorlie being next in line for a refurbishment.
Carrabin Railway Station will also be upgraded to meet current Disability and Discrimination Act standards. The new platform will be sheltered, have seating for three people, and be accessible by ramp and stairs. Work will start on this upgrade later this year.
“Upgraded station will result in more activity being driven into Bunbury from the Australind train service.” Bunbury MLA Don Punch said.
Once the Carrabin upgrade is complete, work will begin on the new high level platforms at North Dandalup and Cookernup railway stations. The completion of these upgrades will ensure all stations on the South West Main will be wheelchair accessible.
ACROD Australian Council for Rehabilitation of Disabled