Pendle Hill and Toongabbie commuters have been left behind, says Rowland

Greenway MP Michelle Rowland has criticised the state government’s failure to deliver Easy Access Lifts at Pendle Hill and Toongabbie train stations.

“This is a significant issue for my constituents who are elderly, disabled, have young children or problems with mobility,” Ms Rowland said.

She said the government’s ‘‘snub’’ coincided with its announcement of an upgrade at Blacktown train station.

Four of the station’s 10 lifts would be replaced as part of this upgrade, she said.

“Whilst I welcome this long overdue upgrade at Blacktown, which is good news for commuters who utilise that station, it is a slap in the face for the residents of Pendle Hill and Toongabbie who do not even have basic lift facilities available,” Ms Rowland said.

“I’ll continue to press this issue until we see lifts installed at Pendle Hill and Toongabbie train stations.”

From 2006 to 2011, Blacktown City’s population increased by 29,409 people (10.8 per cent).

The largest changes in age structure in this area between 2006 and 2011 were in the age groups:

■ Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) +5662 persons;

■ Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) +5597 persons;

■ Young workforce (25 to 34) +4970 persons;

■ Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) +3152 persons.

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