The upgrade to the Lindum Level Crossing Precinct in Brisbane’s eastern suburb of Wynnum West is a step closer to reality, with preliminary planning for the project now complete.
The crossing is notorious for its safety risks, with multiple accidents involving motorists and pedestrians reported in the past. In February, a 32-year-old woman was killed when her car was struck at a level-crossing near the Lindum station. In early 2019, an elderly woman was struck and killed by a train at the same crossing.
A study, funded by the Queensland Government, had commenced on 21 July to investigate potential solutions to transport issues relevant to the precinct project. The study aimed to address a range of issues including safety, improving bus and rail facilities and connections, park and ride facilities, bike riding infrastructure and accessibility requirements.
With the conclusion of the study, work is now underway on some safety upgrades and the development of business cases to to investigate a long-term grade separation of the level crossing.
Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said the next stage of planning would be influenced by community feedback.
“Lindum Station and its surrounds are a crucial part of the local community, and this was reflected in the nearly 7,000 website views, almost 300 completed surveys and 180 ideas shared on the online digital interactive wall,” Mr Bailey said.
“Our upgrade plan, which is currently being developed, includes an improved pedestrian overpass with lift access linking platforms, as well as upgrades to the park ‘n’ ride facility.
“This will improve safety for pedestrians, bike riders and commuters, and will bolster overall connectivity within the precinct.”
The Federal Government has committed $85.4 million to the precinct project, with an additional $40 million committed by the Queensland Government.
Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, Paul Fletcher, said the funding formed part of the Australian Government’s $4.8 billion Urban Congestion Fund, aiming to reduce congestion within urban areas.
“We are continuing to work with all levels of government to progress the preliminary business case for the long-term upgrades that will address essential safety, efficiency and accessibility issues within the Lindum Level Crossing precinct,” Minister Fletcher said.
Brisbane City Council Lord Mayor, Cr Adrian Schrinner, said the Council had already commenced work on immediate upgrades for the level crossing intersection on Kianawah Road, including signalisation and intersection reconfiguration.
“It is important that we immediately start improving the safety and efficiency at the existing intersections surrounding the crossing while the preliminary business case is being undertaken,” Cr Schrinner said.
The potential solutions for the precinct will now undergo detailed pre-investment planning to confirm design requirements.