State Government to improve public transport accessibility in metropolitan Adelaide

01 Apr 2019 newsmedia

The Marshall Liberal Government will improve public transport accessibility for people with disability by installing and upgrading 50 bus and tram stops around metropolitan Adelaide.

Nine new real-time plinths with voice annunciators will be installed at Tea Tree Plaza, Paradise, Klemzig and Mount Barker bus stops.

Thirty-one existing bus stops on Currie Street, Grenfell Street and along the O-Bahn will be fitted with voice annunciators and hearing loops.

Ten new real-time plinths with voice annunciators will be installed at city tram stops including Adelaide Railway Station, City West, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Rundle Mall, Pirie Street, Victoria Square and Entertainment Centre.

“The $970,000 upgrades will deliver important improvements to South Australia’s public transport network,” said Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll.

“These works will make buses and trams across metropolitan Adelaide more accessible for those with a disability."

“These technological upgrades will make it easier to catch public transport from some of our most populated and utilised locations."

“This is another example of the Marshall Liberal Government providing better services for South Australians and taking steps to improve the state’s public transport system."

“That’s why we’re investing $33.5 million in four new Park ‘n’ Rides at Paradise, Golden Grove, Klemzig and Tea Tree Plaza."

“We have secured $220 million in Federal Government funding to complete the electrification of the Gawler line to provide a better, faster and more reliable service, and is delivering the Flinders Link and Port Adelaide spur rail extensions."

“The government is also establishing the South Australian Public Transport Authority which will inform the development of a comprehensive strategy that is customer-focused and better suits the needs of state.”

Early works for the new digital bus and tram stops are expected to commence in the coming months.

Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said improving accessibility to bus and tram stops for people with disability would make a difference to their daily lives.

“Making public transport more accessible for people with disability means they will also be more easily connected to social, cultural and economic aspects of the community,” said Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink."

“The Marshall Liberal Government is committed to better supporting people with disability and our first Bill passed upon coming into government last year was the Disability Inclusion Act."

“We are now creating South Australia’s first State Disability Inclusion Plan and are urging people with disability, their families and carers to have their say online, via email or post on what they believe the plan should entail to improve access and inclusion for all South Australians.”