MY PLAN FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
STATION REFRESH PROGRAM
1. Mitcham Railway Station
This popular station for the Mitcham community and surrounds has existing buildings and amenities that are underutilised.
a) Open buildings for private operators and community groups.
b) Refurbish the toilet amenities.
c) Install a modern drinking fountain that incorporates a bottle-filling component and a dog bowl.
d) Bike holders for the mountain bike community and cyclists.
e) Upgrade platforms with new seating and paint.
f) Pedestrian tunnel and safety fencing improvements.
2. Belair Railway Station
This iconic station opened in 1883 is the gateway to the Belair National Park.
Unfortunately, people visiting the Park do not have toilet amenities. Visitors to the Park must walk a very long distance to find the nearest public toilet.
a) Requires heritage façade restorations.
b) Improved signage to help guide patrons into Belair National Park.
c) Open buildings for private operators and community groups.
d) Refurbish the toilet amenities.
e) Install a modern drinking fountain that incorporates a bottle-filling component and a dog bowl.
f) Bike holders for the mountain bike community and cyclists.
g) Upgrade platforms with new seating and paint.
3. Blackwood Railway Station
Blackwood is perhaps the most attractive station on the Belair Line and was upgraded in 2009 when the line was closed to allow for concrete sleepers to be laid, replacing the old timber sleepers.
Located close to the Blackwood Shopping Precinct and bus depot, this is a popular stop for many commuters in the Adelaide Hills.
a) Restore the interior of the Heritage Signal Box on the main platform be restored (as was done at the Belair Station in 2013 after it was destroyed by fire in 2003). The Signal Box could then be opened on special occasions (e.g. History Month) for visitors to capture a glimpse of the early days of the railway.
b) Access allowed to the privately-owned “Red Hens” carriages, adjacent to the Blackwood Station for local community and history groups.
c) Open buildings for private operators and community groups. The Station Master’s Cottage needs to be restored to a useable state.
The substantial four-roomed cottage is an integral part of the station’s main infrastructure but is rapidly deteriorating due to neglect. The Blackwood Action Group, which currently leases the former Ticket Office and Porters’ Room, would like to see the Cottage restored and used for a Railway Museum or made available for certain events such as art exhibitions.
d) Install a modern drinking fountain that incorporates a bottle-filling component and a dog bowl.
4. Coromandel, Lynton & Torrens Park Railway Stations
The carparks at these stations are often filled on weekdays and the adjoining streets often have cars parked in front of nearby residences.
Rail Care and groups such as Blackwood Action Group maintain the gardens of these sites and their volunteers would appreciate appropriate amenities.
a) Build public toilets such as an EXELOO (similar to the one installed at Blackwood Railway Station)
b) Install a modern drinking fountains that incorporates a bottle-filling component and a dog bowl.
c) Park n Ride facilities at Torrens Park railway station.
d) Expanded shelter and seating at Torrens Park railway station.
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