Redfern denied urgently needed upgrade

In Parliament I lead debate on Thursday afternoon to support Lift Redfern's petition for a station upgrade. In 21st Century Sydney - Australia's global city - all major stations should be accessible.

Over 10,000 petitioners called on the O'Farrell Government to urgently install lifts as successive government's promises, given for over 20 years, have failed to deliver.

Transport Minister Gladys Berejikilian said that Redfern is not on the list for the first round of upgrades because it is complex and busy and priority has to be given to stations on the City Circle line like Wynyard.

I supported community calls for platforms 11 and 12 at Redfern to be given priority. This is work that is not complex and could be done right now. The Eastern Suburbs line and platforms were built in the 1970s. They are underground and completely separate from other lines, making installing lifts opening onto Gibbons Street relatively easy.

Redfern Station accommodates 42,000 trips every day, is passed through by every metropolitan line but the airport line, and services educational, cultural and community destinations in an area of rapid population growth.

Yet there are no lifts to platforms making it inaccessible to people with disabilities, older people, parents with young children or people carrying luggage or shopping.

I will continue to push for accessibility at this vital station.

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