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26 June 1991

MASSIVE BOOST FOR NSW URBAN PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Federal Land Transport Minister, Bob Brown, today announced $58.97 million in Commonwealth grants for a range of innovative urban public transport developments in New South Wales.

Mr Brown said the projects to be funded targeted growth corridors for carparks and bus-rail interchanges, incorporated bus priority measures to speed transport journeys to the city and numerous smaller projects designed to make public transport more appealing.

The Minister allocated $6 million for station and track improvements associated with the electrification of the Riverstone-Richmond railway line.

And a start will be made on the Shellharbour electrification project, using a $7.5 million Federal Government allocation.

Facilities for commuters transferring between suburban and inter-city trains at Sydney's Central Railway Station will be improved also.

'These latest projects will enhance the appeal of rail travel for outer Sydney commuters and provide quicker journey times and a more reliable service for existing train commuters', Mr Brown said.

'The money for these important projects is coming from Federal Labor's three-year $200 million urban public transport program'.

'The funding package is evidence of the Hawke Government's commitment to the public transport needs of our cities. It provides tangible proof of the Federal Government's social justice objectives to provide

innovative solutions to urban public transport challenges and to create better cities.

'This role will become more important as our cities grow and the need to reduce congestion and greenhouse gas emissions becomes greater'.

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The Federally-funded package includes:

. A series of bus/rail interchanges at various outer suburban or strategic locations ($15.18' million);

. park and ride facilities at eight stations ($21.5 million);

. $5 million for a new pedestrian subway linking inter-city and suburban train services at Sydney Central Railway Station;

. $4.2 million for bus priority measures to encourage further increases to public transport patronage. This includes a new and technologically advanced 'dial-a-bus1 project developed in Germany for Shellharbour; and

. $4.59 million for minor projects, such as pedestrian crossings, bridges, ramps and timetable information — all aimed at making public transport more appealing.

Mr Brown said an additional $1.5 million had been set aside for urban public transport projects at Newcastle.

11 hope to make an announcement on these works within the next few months', he said.

* The attachments that follow detail the individual funding allocations for . each project.

Media contact: Brian Hill (06) 277 7440 (w)

$58.97 MILLION FEDERAL GOVERNMENT URBAN PUBLIC TRANSPORT PROGRAM

Summary of projects

MAJOR

. $5 million - Central Station: the linking of Gosford, Wollongong and Blue Mountains intercity platforms to suburban platforms; the building of a passenger subway at the Redfern end of the station.

. $6 million - Riverstone-Richmond Railway Line: infrastructure support for electrification of the 15 km link - boosting of power to allow for eight-car electric trains; lengthening of platforms; replacement of track . . . crossing loops.

. $7.5 million - Shellharbour Railway Line electrification: the money to be provided over three years to begin the task of electrifying the railway line south of Wollongong, between Coniston and Albion Park stations initially; associated transmission lines; extension of station platforms.

. $1 million - shellharbour: contribution towards innovative 'dial-a-bus' service.

OTHER

. $1 million - Hornsby Railway station: construction of a bus rail interchange.

. $530 000 - Pennant Hills Railway Station: contribution towards bus interchange.

. $400 000 - Epping Railway Station: new bus shelters.

. $1.2 million - Thornleigh Railway Station: contribution to construction of commuter car park.

. $1.6 million - bus bays and improvements at St Marys and Mt Druitt Railway Stations.

. $400 000 million - improvements to the bus rail interchange at Liverpool Railway Station.

. $270 000 - contribution to Blacktown bus-rail interchange.

. $600 000 - contribution to car parking station at Seven Hills Railway Station.

. $380 000 - upgrading of commuter facilities at Sutherland Railway Station.

. $3.2 million - 500 space commuter car park at Penrith Railway Station.

. $100 000 - commuter interchange facilities at Bankstown Railway Station.

. $350 000 - contribution to Forest Road Transit Mall serving the Hurstville Railway Station.

. $16.5 million - 700 place car park and interchange at Gosford Railway Station.

. $1 million - contribution to commuter parking facilities at Woy Woy Railway Station.

. $2.2 million - increased car parking at Springwood Railway Station.

. $200 000 - contribution to improved interchange facilities at Strathfield Railway Station.

. $750 000 - contribution to improved commuter facilities including bus bays and a bus-rail interchange at West Ryde and Gladesville.

. $200 000 i'. ' - commuter car park at Glenfield Railway Station.

BUS PRIORITY MEASURES

. $3.2 million: measures include priority bus signalling at intersections, indented bus bays and safety improvements.

PASSENGER INFORMATION/PEDESTRIAN ACCESS FACILITIES

. $2.2 million: construction of crossings, ramps and underpasses at selected locations; seating and communication links, such as direct telephone lines to taxi companies.

. $2.39 million: regional transport information brochures and timetables at selected locations; computerised transport information system.