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Disabled access nightmare at Bulli station

The offending power pole on the Park Road bridge at the corner of Veigals Lane.

The offending power pole on the Park Road bridge at the corner of Veigals Lane.

By MICK ROBERTS.

THE dangerous, narrow footpath over the Park Road railway bridge at Bulli will be made safer after complaints to Wollongong City Council from residents.

Park Road resident Robert Miller has written to the Council and State MP for Heathcote Lee Evans revealing “an appalling situation in the vicinity of Bulli railway station”.

Despite a multi-million dollar upgrade of disabled access to Bulli Railway Station, Mr Miller says there has been a significant oversight in the planning and implementation of the project.

Disabled access to the station from the eastern side of Park Road is a serious safety risk, he said.

The pathway leading onto the northern side of the Park Road railway bridge from Veigals Lane is blocked by a large power pole, making disabled access almost impossible. The area also lacks ramps and dangerous uneven surfaces.

Mr Miller said due to the pedestrian safety issues he has asked the Council and the State MP for Heathcote to fast track the replacement schedule works and relocate the power pole away from the pedestrian pathway. He said footpath works are also required to provide a usable grade for mobility scooters to gain access off the pathway.

Mr Miller forecasts further compromises to pedestrian safety as a result of increased traffic volumes from planned residential developments, a new Woolworths shopping centre, as well as proposed clearway restrictions on the nearby Princes Highway.

A Council spokesperson said it has reviewed the crossing over the railway bridge.

“Council is planning to widen the footpath on the northern side of Park Road at the overpass,” the spokesperson said.

“At present Council is seeking approval from Rail Corp to carry out work on the railway bridge to allow the footpath to be widened.

“Given the approvals required the project will not be constructed this year; however, it will be included on the draft program for 2013/14 such that it can be funded once all necessary approvals are received.”

Mr Miller said he was pleased to hear that the safety concerns have

been given the priority they deserve.

“The area is an accident waiting to happen,” he said.

“Parents with prams or children attending the two nearby primary schools or the high school, the elderly, and the physically impaired await the commencement of this work and its promised completion this financial year,” he said.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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One thought on “Disabled access nightmare at Bulli station

  1. That power pole makes it dangerous to even the average person.

    Wouldn’t moving the power pole and the Telstra pit be a better option?

    Expanding the footpath will narrow the already tight bridge making it dangerous. It’s hard to see over the crest (re: Coledale).

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    Posted by Steven | April 10, 2013, 9:21 am

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