WA Greens Senator criticises Cannington station

wan Greens candidate Liberty Cramer and WA Greens Senator Jordon Steele-John at Cannington train station.
wan Greens candidate Liberty Cramer and WA Greens Senator Jordon Steele-John at Cannington train station.

WA Greens Senator Jordon Steele-John has criticised the lack of accessibility in Perth public transport stations including Cannington, Queen’s Park, Welshpool, Oats Street and Burswood.

Mr Steele-John, who has mild cerebral palsy, said the all-access ramp at Cannington train station would be of limited help for a wheelchair user including himself.

“I’ll run out of energy halfway, you can’t do it on your own,” he said.

“In this station, I’m not an engineer, but the solution seems pretty simple and it’s to put a lift on the floor.”

Cannington train station is classified as partially accessible on the Transperth website.

Public Transport Authority spokesman David Hynes said every new train station was designed to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act.

“It is important to note that it is very costly to make existing infrastructure DDA-compliant, and take time to plan and deliver,” he said.

“Over the past two years, three new wheelchair-accessible stations have opened on our urban network – Perth Stadium Station, East Perth and Aubin Grove.”

Mr Steele-John is campaigning for $1 billion for an Accessible Infrastructure Fund transforming public buildings and spaces.

He called for a further $400 million upgrade of public transport infrastructure and $5 million for an Accessible Nature Fund increasing access to nature and tourism activities.