BETTER BUS STOPS FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT CUSTOMERS
Upper Hunter MP Dave Layzell has announced that the local community is set to benefit from more than $90,000 in grants for improved infrastructure at local bus stops.
“Bus stops are often utilised as we travel around and go about our daily lives and these upgrades will enhance safety and accessibility for all commuters in the Upper Hunter, Muswellbrook and Dungog shires,” Mr Layzell said.
“Safety is an important aspect of the upgrade works, which include installing aids such as guide rails, tactile ground surface indicators and lighting, and improving kerbside access and in some cases, an upgraded or new shelter.”
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said the funding for the Upper Hunter Electorate is part of the latest round of the NSW Government’s Country Passenger Transport Infrastructure Grants Scheme (CPTIGS) to improve bus stop infrastructure.
“This scheme is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to provide accessible public transport infrastructure across the state and I’m pleased to announce this latest round of grants, totalling more than $2.1 million,” Mr Farraway said.
The scheme provides subsidies to support the construction or upgrade of bus stop infrastructure owned and maintained by local councils across regional NSW.
Over 40 regional councils, community groups and schools applied for the grants under the latest round of the scheme.
In the Upper Hunter Electorate, grants have been approved for a total of eight shelters in the Upper Hunter Shire Council, Dungog Shire Council and Muswellbrook Shire Council areas.
For more information on CPTIGS, visit https://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/operations/community-transport-operators/country-passenger-transport-infrastructure-grants-scheme
Photo caption: Dave Layzell with Heather Hill from Lillypad Daycare and the next generation of public transport commuters Jonathan, Kiara and Vinnie.