Sta­tion up­grade on track

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - David Charlesworth

HALF a mil­lion dol­lars will be spent at Yar­loop Train Sta­tion to bring it up to mod­ern ac­ces­si­bil­ity stan­dards, with con­struc­tion al­ready un­der way.

The up­grade was an­nounced last year as part of the State Gov­ern­ment’s $32 mil­lion Rail Fu­ture Fund, which will see the sta­tion com­ply with Dis­abil­ity and Dis­crim­i­na­tion Act stan­dards.

The 6m raised plat­form will be fully shel­tered with seat­ing for three and ac­ces­si­ble ramps added to the twice-daily Aus­tralind Train ser­vice be­tween Perth and Bun­bury.

he carpark will also be up­graded with two car bays and an ac­ces­si­ble bay, with line mark­ing and bol­lards, new kerbs and bi­tu­men sur­face.

Path­ways link­ing the pedes­trian cross­ing, carpark and plat­form will also be made fully ac­ces­si­ble.

Work be­gan on the carpark in De­cem­ber in part­ner­ship with the Pub­lic Trans­port Author­ity and Arc In­fra­struc­ture and the project is ex­pected to be com­pleted by mid year.

One of the old­est re­main­ing parts of the Yar­loop rail­way net­work will be re­tained with the old load­ing ramp op­po­site the sta­tion to be fenced off.

Yar­loop res­i­dent David Har­vey said the com­mu­nity had been call­ing for the up­grades for about 10 years, but it had been pushed back each time.

Mr Har­vey said the sta­tion would be even more im­por­tant to the com­mu­nity in the fu­ture with a num­ber of re­tired peo­ple pur­chas­ing blocks of land as the town con­tin­ued to be re­built.

“It’s not al­ways con­ve­nient for them to be driv­ing the car to Perth,” he said.

Mr Har­vey said res­i­dents had made al­ter­na­tive ar­range­ments to travel to Perth in the past due to the dif­fi­culty of board­ing the train from the ground level plat­form, how­ever the up­grade would en­sure it had more use.

“In the past it was a real bat­tle to get up the steps to the train so they never used it,” he said.

“It def­i­nitely will get used a lot more, that’s for sure.”

Mur­ray-Welling­ton MLA Robyn Clarke said the re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion of the sta­tion was im­por­tant for the re­growth of the Yar­loop com­mu­nity.

“It will give peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties or walk­ing ail­ments the abil­ity to catch the train be­cause at the mo­ment it’s just not dis­abil­ity friendly,” Mrs Clarke said.

“Ev­ery lit­tle build that hap­pens in Yar­loop at the mo­ment lifts the com­mu­nity.”

Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti said the up­grade would make travel eas­ier for all res­i­dents and was part of up­grades to bring more tourists to the South West.

“These works are vi­tal, not just for peo­ple in wheel­chairs but for pas­sen­gers with prams and lug­gage as well,” she said.

“It will make it eas­ier for all mem­bers of the pub­lic to ac­cess the Aus­tralind Train as it trav­els through Yar­loop.”

Pic­ture: David Charlesworth

Mur­ray-Welling­ton MLA Robyn Clarke and Aus­tralind Train users Trish Briggs and David Har­vey look for­ward to the up­grades at the Yar­loop Train Sta­tion.

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