Parkes Railway Station upgrades to improve access and create local jobs

COMING SOON: There will be upgrades to the footpath and car park and a formalised bus stop by the entrance at the Parkes Railway Station.
COMING SOON: There will be upgrades to the footpath and car park and a formalised bus stop by the entrance at the Parkes Railway Station.

A new project to improve accessibility and safety for customers at the Parkes Railway Station has begun and it will create 30 local jobs.

That's the news from the Nationals Upper House MP, Sam Farraway.

Upgrades to the footpath, car park and toilets are expected to make it easier for all customers, including people with a disability, to access public transport services from the station.

"This investment will create 30 local jobs and when finished, will provide a welcoming gateway to all those who travel by train to visit the Parkes region for great events like the annual Elvis Festival," Mr Farraway said.

Among the upgrades will be new ambulant toilets and a family accessible toilet, a formalised bus stop by the station entrance and improvements to CCTV, lighting and wayfinding.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the upgrade was being delivered under the NSW Government's Transport Access Program, an initiative to deliver safe, modern and accessible public transport infrastructure.

"Upgrades like this ensure that stations have the amenities to support growth in public transport, and build upon our vision to make public transport a first choice for everyone living in the bush," he said.

"The program will create about 650 jobs right across the state, with contractors looking to engage local suppliers where possible."

More than $2 billion has been committed to the Transport Access Program since 2011, with more than 470 projects either completed or underway across NSW.

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