Victoria Street plans on public exhibition ahead of East Maitland train station upgrades

Maitland MP Jenny Aitchison.
Maitland MP Jenny Aitchison.

Hunter commuters are closer to seeing Victoria Street train station overhauled at East Maitland.

The state transport authority has put plans for the upgrades – which include three new elevators, canopies, sheltered bike racks and a refurbished heritage platform area – on public exhibition.

The Transport for NSW also plans to upgrade lighting and CCTV equipment at the station, improve transport interchange areas and set up new signage.

Maitland MP Jenny Aitchison said she was pleased that progress had been made on the long-awaited upgrades, which would improve access for people with disabilities, limited mobility, parents with prams, and tourists with luggage.

“Accessibility upgrades to Victoria Street Station have been promised under two Liberal Transport Ministers and by the former Liberal Member for Maitland,” she said.

“For many members in the community, no lift or ramp access means they can’t access public transport at all. 

“A lift or ramp for people with disabilities, the elderly or parents with prams is not a luxury upgrade but a necessity.

“Every commuter deserves to have access to the NSW rail network – but for thousands of people with disabilities, elderly passengers and travelling parents that sadly isn’t the case.”

The project team will field questions from the public at the station between 3pm and 7pm on March 30.

The plans will be on public exhibition until 5pm on April 7.