Picture of the Junee rail station platform, empty blue benches can be seen in the foreground with a 'telegraph' sign hanging from the roof.

Local businesses are being encouraged to register their interest to help build upgrades improving accessibility and safety for all customers at the Junee and Cootamundra train stations.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said an Expression of Interest (EOI) was now open to construction companies to carry out the work as part of the NSW Government’s Transport Access Program (TAP).

“This is a great investment in to Junee and Cootamundra, providing an immediate boost to local businesses and long term improvements to our train stations,” Ms Cooke said.

“Local businesses have the opportunity to register their interest and get involved, getting a slice of this work which will stimulate our local economy and create local jobs.”

“The upgrades to the Cootamundra and Junee train stations will improve accessibility for all customers, including people with a disability, limited mobility, parents and carers with prams and customers with luggage.”

“We’ll see things like accessible pathways and ramps, accessible parking spaces, upgrades to amenities including toilet facilities, waiting rooms, ticket offices and bus and coach parking spaces.”

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said Junee and Cootamundra stations were part of 11 TAP upgrades rolling out across regional NSW.

“We are building a safer, stronger regional NSW and these upgrades will create more than 500 jobs right across the state,” Mr Toole said.

“We’ve already seen almost $600 million committed to TAP upgrades in regional NSW since 2011, with more than 470 projects either completed or currently underway across NSW.

“Projects like these build on our vision to help make public transport a first-choice option for people living in the regions.”

Following the EOI process concluding on 28 May, shortlisted companies will be invited to tender to deliver the projects. For more information and to register, please visit: https://www.tenders.nsw.gov.au/?event=public.rft.show&RFTUUID=41DA6D04-A795-7490-1718BE3F2AE53C1B