Seats removed at Clarendon station

NO seats: Sydney Trains is installing new seats at Clarendon station that are compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act. Picture: Geoff Jones.
NO seats: Sydney Trains is installing new seats at Clarendon station that are compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act. Picture: Geoff Jones.

Commuters have been left frustrated after Sydney Trains removed seats at Clarendon railway station.

The seats were removed about three weeks ago, and one commuter who questioned the decision was allegedly told Sydney Trains ruled they were too close to the platform’s edge and posed a risk.

The 77-year-old commuter – whose name is known to the Gazette but who wishes to remain anonymous – said the decision had made catching a train difficult for people with mobility problems like himself.

“There’s only one seat there where the little alcove is,” he said. “I am a diabetic and can’t walk too far.”

The Gazette approached Sydney Trains and asked how many seats were removed and why, and if they would be replaced. But in his reply, a Sydney Trains spokesman did not give a timeline as to when the seating would be replaced. 

“Sydney Trains is installing new seats at Clarendon station that are compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act,” the spokesman said. 

“This will ensure access to the platforms is easier for our less mobile customers. It will also help improve customer safety along the platforms.

“We will continue to monitor the new changes to see if additional seats are required.”