No relief for Macquarie Fields commuters

Rosemary Hoy at Macquarie Fields Train Station.
Rosemary Hoy at Macquarie Fields Train Station.

Seventy steps and no lift.

It’s a obstacle Macquarie Fields train commuters heading north are forced to tackle before embarking on their journey.

Macquarie Fields MP Anoulack Chanthivong has tried in vain to have a lift installed so residents with disabilities are able to gain access to the overpass above the train line and navigate their way to the north-bound platform.

But it seems it will be at least another 12 months of waiting after Mr Chanthivong revealed the state government had failed to provide the funding for the project in the upcoming budget.

“This is a plan with no action,” he said.

“Where’s our fair share?

“Macquarie Fields Station has 70 steps and no lift.

“Our community has every right to be angry and frustrated.

“If the Liberal government was serious about making public transport accessible to everyone, as they’ve stated, then they would fund an upgrade at Macquarie Fields Station as part of this year’s state budget.

“Our community deserves better and we deserve our fair share.”

Mr Chanthivong said a lack of parking at Edmonson Park Train Station was also a big problem.

He said some of the $38 million in stamp duty accrued from Edmonson Park residents could also be used towards more spaces.

“Edmondson Park highlights the acute shortage of commuter car parking along the south west Sydney rail corridor, and it’s simply not good enough,” he said.