Wingecarribee Shire Council has this month been notified by the NSW Government that it has been successful in obtaining $75,000 in grant funding to upgrade some of the Shire’s busiest bus stops.
Two bus shelters on Moss Vale Road near Mt Eymard, a further shelter in Robertson and a shelter at Willow Road near the caravan park in Moss Vale will be upgraded as part of the Country Passenger Transport Infrastructure Grants Scheme (CPTIGS) which was announced by the Minister for Transport, the Hon Gladys Berejiklian.
Council’s Strategic and Assets Manager, Mark Pepping said the $75,000 grant would improve access to public transport.
“The funding will help provide safer and more comfortable access for our commuters,” he said. “Our elderly and disabled residents in particular will find access on and off our buses easier as the funds will be specifically used towards making the bus stops compliant with the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport.”
The grant submission and subsequent distribution of funds came as a direct result of Wingecarribee 2031+, the Shire’s long-term strategic community plan and follows last year’s successful grant of almost $200,000 which went towards upgrading a further 11 bus shelters across the Shire.
“Residents have continually told us at community forums that they wanted improved public transport and better transport linkages between the Shire’s outlying towns and villages and the main town centres,” Mr Pepping said.
“Each location earmarked has different requirements. Some locations require relatively minor upgrades whereas others require total overhauls or in some cases, a full relocation,” he said. “Some of the locations assigned funding will also receive kerb and guttering where this is not already in place.”
As part of the project Council will provide additional monies towards linking footpaths and providing lighting.
“Council’s success in obtaining this grant is a huge step in providing residents and visitors to the Shire more comfortable and efficient public transport,” Mr Pepping added.
The bus stop locations are as follows:
- Moss Vale Road (west and east side), Bowral
- Illawarra Highway (south side), Robertson
- Willow Road, (east side), Moss Vale
Work on the three locations is expected to begin by late 2013.
For more information contact Wingecarribee Shire Council’s Traffic and Transport Planning Engineer on phone 4868 0888.