Three lifts to be part of the upgrade to Ringwood Station

Source: Victorian Government - http://premier.vic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases.htm 

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05 February 2014

Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder today announced that lifts will be installed as part of the $66 million Ringwood Station and Interchange Upgrade project.

Mr Mulder said community consultation showed the need for lifts was an important part of ensuring the best outcome for all station users.

“I am pleased to announce the final scope of the Ringwood Station and Interchange Upgrade, which includes lifts as well as ramps, escalators and stairs,” Mr Mulder said.

“I’d like to thank the community for their feedback and contributions to the design.

“Initial plans for the upgraded Ringwood Station considered a range of access methods, but we wanted to seek community input to determine the final designs, ensuring the upgrade would be tailored to local needs.

“In December last year two community information sessions were attended by around 200 people, including local disability advocates and community representatives.

“Providing lifts will assist people with limited mobility such as the elderly as well as people accessing the Maroondah Hospital.

“Ringwood Station will be fitted with three lifts to provide access to the platforms, station concourse and bus interchange.

“Unlike Labor’s botched lifts at Laverton and Footscray stations, the lifts will be large enough to accommodate ambulance stretchers and a back-up power supply to ensure customers are not left stranded during an emergency or power outage.

“A combination of ramps, stairs, lifts and escalators will make it easier for passengers to move through the station precinct and ensure emergency access is available at all times.”

Member for Warrandyte Ryan Smith said he had spoken with many residents as well as local disability advocates about the provision of lifts at Ringwood Station.

“People with mobility issues may find it tiring or time consuming trying to navigate the ramps and would prefer to have the choice to use either accessible ramps or lifts at Ringwood Station,” Mr Smith said.

“When the station upgrade is complete it will provide four different access options ensuring everyone in Ringwood will be able to access public transport regardless of age or mobility.”

Member for Mitcham Dee Ryall said the upgrade to the Ringwood Station and bus interchange would provide a seamless interchange for public transport users, maximising access to bus and train services and better integrating public transport with central Ringwood.

“This project will deliver modern, integrated transport facilities to Ringwood and create a safer, more accessible and attractive place for people to live, work and visit,” Ms Ryall said.

The project includes:

Following the Expression of Interest process, construction companies John Holland Pty Ltd, McConnell Dowell Pty Ltd and Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd have been successfully shortlisted to tender for the Design and Construction contract to complete the $66 million project.

The Ringwood Station and Interchange Upgrade is expected to be complete in early 2016.

 

Contact

Larissa Garvin 0427 669 628 larissa.garvin@minstaff.vic.gov.au

 

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