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Friday, 28 April 2017

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$7.1 million in lift upgrades at train stations

The State Government has reached a milestone in its $7.1 million project to upgrade lifts at six train stations after installing a new lift at Joondalup Station.

The project to replace the 20-year-old lift started in late January and was completed inside the three-month timeline. The new, bigger lift can cater for two large wheelchairs at once.

Transport Minister Dean Nalder thanked the community for their patience during the work.

“I accept the temporary closure of the lift created difficulty for some passengers. This has been undertaken with the very best of intentions so that the lift is reliable in the long-term,” Mr Nalder said.

“A growing number of people rely on public transport and for passengers with accessibility challenges, our rail and bus systems are incredibly important.  So we must ensure our facilities are accessible and operational.”

The project team removed the lift and built a new steel structure within an operating train station. To reduce the impact on passengers, the project was shortened from four months to three.

The works are part of a $7.1 million project to replace lifts and escalators at Warwick, Joondalup, Whitfords, Stirling and Glendalough stations as well as some at Perth Station.

“I understand that passengers with mobility issues, or prams and young children may have had to change their travel plans due to these works, but I believe it will improve their journeys on the Transperth system in the long term,” the Minister said.

Fact File

  • Overall project involves upgrading lifts and escalators at Warwick, Joondalup, Whitfords, Stirling, Glendalough and four escalators at Perth Station
  • Original lifts and escalators were installed in the 1990s
  • For more information, click here
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