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Redfern Station Has Been Given a Huge Upgrade — and Now Boasts Direct Access to Carriageworks and South Eveleigh

Following a major refurbishment, one of Sydney's busiest stations now features an array of new, accessibility-focused upgrades and a shiny new entrance.
By Nishika Sharma
October 10, 2023
By Nishika Sharma
October 10, 2023

Huge news: Redfern Station will be looking a little differently next time you visit after a major accessibility-forward revamp. As one of Sydney's longest-running stations, this makeover was long overdue — and now, thanks to the NSW Government's latest initiative, it boasts a bunch of upgrades focused on safe, convenient and accessible public transport for its many passengers.

Among the many improvements of the Transport Access Program, one of the most impactful is a shiny new entrance on the southwestern side of the platforms. This addition opens up a whole new side of the station, providing pedestrians with easy and direct access to Carriageworks and all of its arts, entertainment and food-centric events.

Redfern Station, aerial shot.

The new access also provides pedestrians with a direct walkway to South Eveleigh including the precinct's plethora of much-loved locales, including Brewdog's South Eveleigh outpost, the newest community-driven cultural hub from 107 Projects and Mat Wiley's renowned sustainability-focused bar, Re-.

"Given its close proximity to education, health, employment and cultural precincts, we know how important Redfern Station is for people accessing local services and attractions, so it's great to see these accessibility upgrades completed," said NSW Premier Chris Minns.

Redfern Station, entry to platforms 2-3.

Further accessibility upgrades include six additional lifts, as well as stairs leading through to Platforms one to ten, two more entrances, new toilets, areas dedicated to drop-offs and refurbished streetscapes — all of which hone in on increasing the ease and safety of mobility throughout the station.

"These six brand new lifts at one of our state's busiest train stations will open up new opportunities for people with disability, parents with prams, and anyone with mobility issues," said the Minister for Disability Inclusion, Kate Washington.

First Nations community members and heritage architects were engaged with as part of the project's 4000-plus staff in order to ensure the upgrades were in line with the cultural significance of Redfern to the local Indigenous community.

Redfern Station, view from platform.

And the good news keeps rolling in — as a result of the overwhelming success of Redfern Station's new upgrades, a further $300 million funding boost has been dedicated to improving accessibility among public transport across the state.

"The upgrade of this station was years in the making, with people advocating for this project for decades," said Jo Haylen, the Minister for Transport. "Now with an additional $300m in the budget for further station accessibility upgrades, I look forward to seeing even more communities across NSW making the most of these vital station upgrades."

Stanmore Station has also recently received its own accessibility upgrades, with a pair of lifts being added to the Inner West train station in order to ensure both the platforms and the tunnel connecting Douglas and Trafalgar Street can be reached by everyone.

Head to the NSW Government's official website for more information. 

Published on October 10, 2023 by Nishika Sharma
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