Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance and Penrith MP Stuart Ayres today officially opened the new-look Penrith Station featuring an easy to navigate, wide-open concourse with sweeping views of the Blue Mountains.
While work is continuing by Penrith City Council to replace parking on Belmore Street, customers can now enter the concourse through a new entrance at the front of the station.
“The grand staircase provides a much safer entry point reducing the need for commuters to walk through the bus interchange, while the station’s four modern lifts make it significantly easier for less mobile customers to access public transport services, especially those with a disability, parents with prams and travellers with luggage,” Mr Constance said.
“We’re committed to improving public transport infrastructure and it’s great to be getting on with the job of delivering major improvements for our Western Sydney customers.”
Mr Ayres said the upgrade would future-proof the station for generations.
“This upgrade means Penrith Station will support the area’s growing population well into the future. It is one of the largest stations on the suburban rail network,” Mr Ayres said.
“Because of the strong investment in providing safe, modern and accessible public transport infrastructure, our station now has a safer kiss and ride area off Jane Street and improved CCTV and lighting.”
To enable Penrith commuters an easy connection to public transport, an upgraded commuter car park with more than 450 spaces opened in August. Customers now have access to more than 1,170 untimed and free spaces, including 30 disabled spaces.
The NSW Government recently announced a further commitment of $200 million to the Transport Access Program, taking their investment to over $1 billion since 2011, with 450 projects either completed or underway across the state.
This includes a new commuter car park at Emu Plains Station providing approximately 275 spaces and upgrades to the bus interchange and commuter car park at Kingswood Station. Early planning for an upgrade at Glenbrook Station is also currently underway.