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Moree Train Station is on track to undergo a major makeover, with the state government providing $2 million for upgrades to the heritage listed site.
Minister for Regional Transport Paul Toole and Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall joined Moree mayor Katrina Humphries to announce the funding windfall on Thursday.
The $2 million upgrade is being delivered as part of the Transport Access Program, a NSW government initiative to provide a better experience for public transport customers.
Mr Toole said the Moree Station upgrade would aim to provide a station precinct to those with a disability, limited mobility, parents/carers with prams and customers with luggage.
"This is about improving the access and functionality of the station," he said.
"It could see additional lighting, security, rails and ramps put in to improve the station, not only for locals, but visitors to Moree.
"This has the potential to create 50 jobs as well."
Mr Marshall said the upgrade is great news for the Moree community.
"This station is the welcome mat to tens of thousands of tourists to Moree," he said.
"It's the first thing they see when they arrive on the train and the last thing they see when they get a train to go home.
"So it's important that this station is as presentable as it can be. Even though it's heritage listed, there's a lot of things we can to do make it better."
As well as additional lighting and security, Mr Marshall said the funding could be also be used for more seating and undercover areas, but ultimately it will be driven by the community and Moree Plains Shire Council.
Moree mayor Katrina Humphries said the upgrade is "wonderful" news.
"It's cementing our service which is really important to our community; it's important for visitors, important for locals and important for school kids," she said.
"And it keeps Moree in front of the game, which is where we need to be. We always need to be thinking about our services. It's really exciting."
Transport for NSW will be begin consultations with the Moree community in the coming months, providing locals and visitors with the opportunity to have their say on what improvements they'd like to see.
With the project to be fast-tracked, Mr Toole said construction work will begin next year.
Mr Marshall said the upgrades will come just in time before the Xplorer trains are replaced with brand new faster trains.
"It'll be the first time in a quarter of a century that we'll have new trains servicing Moree," he said.
"Visitors will be able to come here and get a really good impression of Moree."
This article first appeared on www.moreechampion.com.au
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