After more than 20 years, the long-awaited upgrade to Redfern Station's accessibility will finally begin in early 2015. This work will include a new lift on platforms 6 and 7 and improved access from Lawson Street.
This is great news for residents of Darlington, Redfern, Waterloo, Chippendale and Alexandria as well as the wider Sydney community. I have been working with the community, as both the Member for Sydney and Lord Mayor, to convince both Labour and Coalition State Governments to prioritise and improve the accessibility of Redfern Station.
As Australia's global city, all of Sydney's major stations should be accessible. Convenient and accessible public transport is essential to our Sustainable Sydney 2030 vision of creating a Green, Global and Connected city. Redfern Station is one of the busiest stations on the Sydney Trains network and the second-most important interchange between services.
Yet despite this, people with disabilities, older people, parent with children and people who are less mobile have found access to the station difficult, if not impossible. I am pleased that the Minister has recognised the need for equitable access to Redfern Station so that people with limited mobility will be able to access and interchange with greater ease and convenience.
I congratulate the community, particularly the organisers of the Lift Redfern campaign, for their sustained effort to secure these important upgrades, not just for the benefit of local residents but for all Sydney public transport users.