Calls for alternative access point to Bassendean train station after lift breaks down

The Bassendean train station lift out of order earlier this year. Picture: Dave Kelly/Facebook
The Bassendean train station lift out of order earlier this year. Picture: Dave Kelly/Facebook

BASSENDEAN MLA Dave Kelly said public transport users deserve an alternative access point to the platforms at Bassendean train station after a lift broke down last week.

Public Transport Authority spokesman David Hynes said a lift at the station was out of service on Saturday evening due to vandalism.

“At about 11pm, two men forced open the door to the lift – damaging it in the process – and one of them climbed into the lift well,” he said.

“When he was not able to lift himself out, a crew from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services had to attend to rescue him.

“The lift was closed until emergency repairs could be made, and was back in service on Sunday.”

Mr Hynes said the lifts were operational 91 per cent of the time.

Mr Kelly said he was “disappointed” with the latest outage and the lifts needed to be fixed.

“They cause a huge inconvenience when they break down, especially for people with disabilities or parents with prams,” he said.

“It is unbelievable that the State Government cannot provide a reliable set of lifts at the Bassendean train station.

“These are lifts that are in a public place so they need to be robust (to) withstand that sort of treatment.”

Mr Kelly said until the lifts were permanently fixed, the breakdowns would remain a problem.

Mr Hynes said passengers with mobility issues could use an underpass if the lifts were out of order.

“Whenever lifts are out of service, patrons with accessibility difficulties who cannot travel to an alternative station or take an accessible bus service can call our dedicated special assistance number (1800 800 022),” he said.