Construction work on the long overdue upgrades at five railway stations across the Central Coast will start as soon as 2020.
NSW Opposition Leader, Jodi McKay, and local MPs David Harris (Wyong), David Mehan (The Entrance) and Leisl Tesch (Gosford), were at Tuggerah railway station to make the announcement on July 24.
McKay said there would be more commuter parking and improved accessibility following concerted pressure from Labor since the Liberal Party came into government in 2011.
There will be upgrades at Tuggerah, Ourimbah, Narara, Niagara Park and Lisarow stations.
Work will start at Ourimbah and Niagara Park stations in 2020, while Tuggerah, Lisarow and Narara station upgrades will start in 2021.
NSW Transport and Roads Minister, Andrew Constance, revealed the plans in response to an inquiry by The Entrance MP, David Mehan.
The Minister’s letter said provision of lifts at Tuggerah station was in the early planning phase and construction would start in 2021, subject to community consultation and planning approval.
Transport NSW is investigating options to provide more parking at Tuggerah and design options will be released for community feedback, the letter said.
Additional parking is not planned for the other stations, however, accessibility will be improved.
McKay said some upgrades, such as lifts at Tuggerah station were supposed to be built in 2011, “but the then Liberal Transport Minister, Gladys Berejiklian, thoughtlessly cut them from the State’s Budget.
“The Liberals stole these upgrades from the Central Coast eight years ago when they first cut funding, but now they have caved in to pressure from fed-up Central Coast commuters who have had a gutful of being ignored by the State Government,” she said.
“The government did not realise the significance of the Tuggerah station, with more than 3,000 trips a day from here, and it deserves an upgrade and an increase in parking.”
Labor MPs across the Central Coast have all strongly advocated for the upgrades which were Labor commitments leading up to the 2011 election.
The Entrance MP, David Mehan, said “this outcome showed what we have been able to achieve from the Opposition benches.
“We have delivered for the Coast from Opposition.
“Finally, we have a timeline on lifts at Tuggerah, even if it is 10 years late,” said Shadow Minister for the Central Coast and Wyong MP, David Harris.
McKay said: “We want the government to continue the work on these five stations, which are desperately in need of an upgrade.
“We’ve achieved the upgrade of these stations, and we will not rest until they are built and people are using these stations and have the accessibility that they need,” McKay said.
Interview and media release, Jul 24
NSW Opposition Leader, Jodi McKay
Interview and media statement, Jul 24
The Entrance MP, David Mehan
Interview, Jul 24
Shadow Minister for Central Coast and Wyong MP, David Harris
Journalist, Sue Murray