Member for Bathurst Paul Toole today announced $105,000 in funding from the NSW Government for Denison College Bathurst and Bathurst Regional Council to improve public transport accessibility and safety for students.

The Country Passenger Transport Infrastructure Grants Scheme (CPTIGS) provides subsidies to support the construction or upgrade of bus stop infrastructure, generally owned and maintained by local councils across rural and regional NSW.

Mr Toole said the grant will benefit local students with the super-sized bus shelter having recently been constructed just inside the perimeter fence at the corner of Piper and Peel Streets.

“The large shelter for Denison College was designed in collaboration with the Council and the support of Department of Education’s Road Safety Education Officer to provide a safe space for up to 840 students to wait for their bus,” Mr Toole said.

School principal Ken Barwick said the new bus shelter was already making a huge difference when students gather to catch the bus home at the end of the day.

“This is all about student safety. We needed a shelter big enough to cope with hundreds of kids each afternoon so we could get them to their bus in an orderly and responsible fashion,” Mr Barwick said.

“With students out on the footpath, it was difficult to stay in control, but having them gather in the one location on school grounds meant we could monitor movements much more efficiently and safely.”

Mr Toole said he NSW Government is committed to providing accessible public transport infrastructure across the state.

The Country Passenger Transport Infrastructure Grants Scheme supports regional councils, schools and community organisations to deliver this in their local communities, with all projects required to meet the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport.

More than $2.1 million in NSW Government grants will see 509 projects supported across more than 40 local government areas including new and upgraded bus shelters, security lighting, new bus stop seats, timetable information boards and tactile indicators.