Upgrade starts: Computer generated image of how the project will look from the western side.Image: suppliedWork has begun on a major accessibility upgrade at Heathcote railway station.
The improvements includea new overhead pedestrian footbridge, with a new lift and stairs, new forecourts on both sides of the station and an accessible toilet on the station platform.
Upgrade starts: Lee Evans and Andrew Constance promote the project. Picture: supplied
Commuter parking will be upgraded, including the provision of formal kiss and ride areas and relocation of bicycle storage facilities.
Transport Minister Andrew Constance visited the station with Heathcote MP Lee Evans to inspect the work, which flows on from the pedestrian bridge built over Princes Highway.
“This upgrade will deliver a significant boost for the Heathcote community, with the improvements designed to provide a better customer experience and increase capacity for future growth in the region,” Mr Constance said.
Mr Evans said the community would see greatactivity around the Station in the months ahead.
Construction is expected to be completed in 2017.
The improvements are being delivered as a part of the state government’sTransport Access Program.
Mr Constance said other improvements that would take place on the Illawarra line included the upgrading of Jannali station, for which planning approval was recently given.
Engadine commuters would benefit froma new car park adjacent to Princes Highway at the southern end of the station, which was promised before the last election.
It will include about 70 new commuter spaces, fencing, lighting and CCTV for security.
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