Bert Russell (Your View, February 11) complains that railway station lifts on the Illawarra line, particularly at Hurstville and Sutherland, are too small for his disability scooter.
These lifts were installed in the 1990s — not the 1920s or 30s as Mr Russell suggests — and are of a standard size, adequate for the needs of most users. A scooter of 1.6m in length occupies far more space than a wheelchair and it is unreasonable to expect every station to have lifts large enough to take something of that size.
If I drive a Cadillac, should Westfield change the size of its parking spaces to suit me? I travel on the Illawarra line and have done so for many years.
I’ve never seen a disabled and/or elderly passenger who was unable to access the lifts on this line.
Most train travellers who need lifts are grateful they’re available at so many stations. In many countries this is just not the case. Sydney has a huge network to cover and improvements are happening continually. The system cannot be designed for the specific needs of one person.
Lydia Eber, Menai
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