$10.8 Million To Renew The Central Coast's Rail System

The Central Coast region will receive a $10.8 million share of the NSW Government’s $100 million transport renewal program, stimulating the local economy and supporting 63 local jobs.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said the funding would be focused on maintenance upgrades at Gosford, Woy Woy and Koolewong Stations.

“A $9.5 million project is now underway to replace Gosford Station’s existing mechanical signalling system, which dates back to 1937, with a modern computer-based system,” Mr Crouch said.

“New signals and equipment as well as improvements to the track layout will enable trains to move through Gosford Station in a safer and more reliable way.

“At Woy Woy Station, a total of $800,000 has been committed to refresh the platforms and concourse, improve the existing car park’s asphalt surface, renew line markings and install wheel and kerb stops.

“A $531,250 refresh of the Koolewong Station facilities and its adjacent car park is also being funded.

“Each of these projects were listed as priorities for Transport for NSW but the provision of COVID-19 stimulus funding allowed them to be fast-tracked.

“A total of 63 full time equivalent jobs will be support by this $10.8 million investment.”

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the 150 projects being funded across NSW would boost regional economies feeling the effects of COVID-19.

“Bringing these projects forward through stimulus funding has given our regional communities a real shot-in-the-arm, especially those who have suffered a triple whammy of drought, bushfires and COVID-19,” Mr Toole said.

The renewal project at Woy Woy Station is not related to the Federal Government’s election commitment of a new commuter car park.