AN $800,000 lift and escalator upgrade has been completed at Warwick Railway Station, despite taking twice as long as anticipated.
The lifts had been out of operation since April 28, with a Transperth sign informing commuters they would be unavailable for about 12 weeks.
A local commuter contacted the Times in mid-October to say the lifts were still not working.
Many said accessibility was further impaired when one of the escalators was out of order for several weeks in September.
‘One of the Perth Transport Authority staff said it had been damaged by a person riding a motorised scooter ” something that would probably have been avoided if the lift had been back in service within the promised 12-week timeframe,’ they said.
PTA spokesman David Hynes said ‘a number of technical issues’ caused the nearly three-month delay and that the signs should have been replaced to reflect this.
The upgrades are part of a six-station, $7.1 million State Government investment in lift and escalator upgrades on the Joondalup rail line.
Kingsley MLA Andrea Mitchell said the station’s escalators and lifts were installed 20 years ago and were nearing the end of their operational life spans. ‘The project involved replacing all of the escalators’ internal parts on-site, rather than a new escalator being lifted in by crane ” it’s only the third time this has been done in Australia,’ she said.
The new lifts are larger, with wider doors for pram, wheelchair and mobility aid access.
Mr Hynes said the PTA did not anticipate such delays in works at other stations.