|Werrington green lighted
||[Jun. 22nd, 2008|03:25 pm]
RailCorp Station and Buildings’ Project Director, Ray Furfaro, Design Coordinator, Trina McClure and Senior Project Manager, Jon Mander-Jones with Londonderry State MP, Allan Shearan, Mulgoa State MP, Diane Beamer, and Deputy Premier and Minister for Transport, John Watkins, at Werrington Station – the first station in Sydney to be powered by renewable energy.
Image borrowed from The Western Weekender - Penrith online
Jun 19, 2008 at 12:59 PM
By EMMA GRODZICKI
Werrington has come of age, moving into the 21st century with Sydney’s first railway station powered by renewable energy.
Since May 2007, the Werrington Station has been under renovation to increase the safety, comfort and accessibility for the 1,000-plus passengers who use it daily.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Transport, John Watkins, recently unveiled the $5.4 million Easy Access upgrade, which uses photovoltaic cells to potentially contribute up to 40 per cent of the station’s electricity to power lights, drive lifts and run air conditioning.
“Solar cells were pioneered for use by satellites and are now a proven power source, capable of converting the sun’s rays into electricity,” Mr Watkins said.
“It is hoped these hi-tech cells will help effectively manage energy consumption at Werrington and potentially other stations in the future.”
The Easy Access upgrade also features:
• Two new lifts and new stairs
• An upgrade of the accessible toilet
• Upgraded carpark area including new car spaces for people with needs
• New platform canopies
• New canopies to stairs and lift entries
• Upgraded security features including more CCTV cameras and comprehensive lighting
“This revamped station provides greater access for the elderly, parents with small children, workers and people with needs, giving them greater freedom to travel around Sydney,” Mr Watkins said.
“Local commuters have been keenly awaiting the completion of this project and I’d like to thank them for their patience during the renovations. Now the new station is open I hope even more local residents are encouraged to travel with CityRail.”
Joining Mr Watkins to inspect the station last week, State Member for Mulgoa, Diane Beamer, and State Member for Londonderry, Allan Shearan, welcomed the new improvements.
“This is a great step forward in the Iemma Government’s fight against climate change, underlying our commitment to green power and renewable energy,” Ms Beamer said, while Mr Shearan added: “Werrington Station will be a model station for the CityRail network, it’s exciting our community, our local railway station, is at the heart of that.”
The station currently features six artworks that complement the ‘green’ improvements.
RailCorp is calling for locals to enter an artwork for the 10 remaining art spaces. The submissions can be any media/size reflecting the green theme, and can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries close July 18.
This is a definite improvement since Live Journal entry - 4th November 2007
Werrington Station Upgrade (in progress)
Pincham's Corner (flashback to 1994)
Live Journal entry 6th January 2008 - Werrington - the home of the picture of the "Contented Cat"
....which features snaps of our local flora - our beautiful post box - references to Des Clark of the former OFLC - a link to the very important Werrington Home Page from 2002 - and the Linux "magic box" (glowing lights not completely visible) is now serving web pages for my company to the entire world - subject to the whims of Senator Conroy....