Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian says 28 stations will be "refreshed". Photo: Lisa McMahon
Sydney Trains will go on a pre-election blitz to spruce up 28 stations, including some that have only recently had multimillion-dollar upgrades.
Less than two years after Newtown Station had a $35 million upgrade, the station was included in a list to be “refreshed” in coming months.
Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian on Tuesday said the $33 million program would be an opportunity to upgrade toilets, install new lighting and furniture, and repaint and landscape stations.
Sydenham Station, which had a $35 million upgrade last year, will also be “refreshed”, as will the relatively recently upgraded North Sydney Station.
Asked why these stations were getting another overhaul, Sydney Trains chief executive Howard Collins said: "A lot of the stations, including the ones that got modernised, had been not looked after in terms of the decor."
Ms Berejiklian and Mr Collins announced the upgrades on the first anniversary of the establishment of Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink, the organisations set up after the break-up RailCorp.
Mr Collins said recent improvements had led to rise of about a 3 per cent in patronage in the past year.
“We are listening to our customers,” he said. “They also want better facilities … it’s not putting lipstick on a pig.”
Ms Berejiklian defended the government’s record on upgrading stations after reports that upgrade promises made before the last election were not being kept.
"We have 120 projects on the go at the moment around easy access, more car parks, better improved stations,” she said.
The 28 stations to be upgraded by the end of this year are: Ashfield, Auburn, Cabramatta, Fairfield, Rockdale, Macquarie University, Bankstown, Mount Druitt, Liverpool, Edgecliff, Campsie, North Sydney, Rhodes, Chatswood, Hornsby, Epping, Eastwood, Artarmon, Westmead, Gordon, Newtown, Campbelltown, St Peters, Sutherland, Seven Hills, Sydenham, Turramurra and Milsons Point.