A new, free-to-use phone charging stand has been switched on outside Liverpool train station in time for the silly season.

It is the first in the State government’s $1 million ‘Power Spots’ project which will see these stands rolled out at 15 key transport hubs. Campbelltown follows later this week.

Liverpool Station’s Power Spot is outside the pay gates on the concourse, opposite the entrance ramp to Bus Stands A to C.

It is free to access and use for anyone who needs it, including people travelling to and from the nearby hospital, schools and TAFE.

“A powered-up mobile offers a real sense of safety and security for students, parents, and people riding on our trains at night,” Member for Liverpool Charishma Kaliyanda said.

Designed and built in Sydney for Transport for NSW, the charging stands offer a mix of wireless, USB- A and UBC -C options, and can provide power to seven devices at once.

“We’re delivering on our key election promise for the people of NSW, with an investment we know will make life easier and safer for millions of public transport passengers,” Transport Minister Jo Haylen said.

“In the modern world, our phones are our lifelines. They act not only to keep us connected, but as our wallets, maps, travel passes, and staying informed and entertained, so this is a no-brainer.”

Power Spots will be installed at Bankstown, Hurstville, Lidcombe, Penrith, and Wynyard, while larger stations including Central, Town Hall and Bondi Junction will get two per site.

All Power Spots will be up and running at 15 transport hubs across Sydney by late 2024.

Where possible, Power Spots will be installed outside ticketed areas to ensure they are accessible to anyone in the community 24/7.

Station staff have worked closely with the project team to choose sites across the network that have high foot traffic, are easy to find, well-lit, and monitored by CCTV.

“A flat phone can leave you feeling stranded. So many of us feel anxious when our phones are running low and rush to make a call, asking someone to come and pick us up,” Transport for NSW Executive Director Rachel Simpson said.

Electricity use at each Power Spot will be monitored and the data analysed to help understand the popularity of different wireless and USB charging solutions, and the average time people spend using them.

The Power Spots Program is funded through the Transport Access Program (TAP). Since the Transport Access Program started, the NSW Government has committed more than $2.2 billion to upgrades, with more than 520 projects either completed or currently underway across NSW.