The return of train services to Millthorpe Station has moved a step closer with work to extend the platform underway after starting last week.
Bathurst MP Paul Toole said the upgrade is part of the NSW Government’s Transport Access Program, an initiative to deliver safe, modern and accessible public transport infrastructure across the state.
"This work proves the Government’s commitment to put the heritage listed Millthorpe Station back on the map, benefitting everyone in the village as well as train travellers from across the Central West or beyond," Mr Toole said.
The work at Millthorpe Station includes a platform extension which will be accessible via a new ramp, additional lighting, an information board, tactile ground surface indicators and a help point.
"We would like to thank the community for their feedback on Millthorpe Station that has shaped the design and works to be carried out," Mr Toole said.
"Great efforts were made to design something which was the lightest touch possible, and will be sympathetic to the existing heritage platform building and surrounds. Close care will be taken to ensure all work is completed in line with planning and heritage approvals."
Once works are complete, train services will be reinstated to Millthorpe Station as an on-request service. XPT Regional Train services for Millthorpe are scheduled to commence in March 2019. Customers will need to book a ticket for Millthorpe Station 24 hours before they are due to depart or arrive.
The Government has invested more than $1 billion in the Transport Access Program since 2011 and more than 450 Transport Access Program projects are either completed or underway across the state.