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Contracts awarded for QLD rail upgrade program

Major QLD station upgrade program to commence

Laing O’Rourke has won contracts for works on four station upgrades, which will be delivered as part of the Queensland Rail’s Station Accessibility Upgrade Program.

The upgrades to the Morningside, Lindum, Banyo and Buranda Stations will aim to increase the safety and accessibility of the public transport infrastructure.

As part of the works, Laing O’Rourke will raise the station platforms to bring the platform and train doors closer together and reduce the gap to make boarding safer and easier. Commuters will now be able to catch a lift to a station overpass and then onto the platforms. Other improvements include upgraded customer facilities like accessible toilets, disability-compliant ticket windows, improved seating, and extended platform shelters.

Laing O’Rourke will also install hearing augmentation loops, tactile floor indicators, new wayfinding signage, information screens and better security through CCTV and lighting upgrades.

Already activity has begun at the four stations. Enabling works are underway at Lindum and Buranda stations and customers will see site establishment in the coming months. Geotechnical activities and overhead line and service location works have already been carried out at Morningside station. Customers will see piling, signalling construction and site establishment soon.

This year’s Queensland State Budget allocated close to $300 million towards five station accessibility upgrades on the Queensland Rail network, including the Lindum, Morningside and Banyo Stations.


 

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Rebecca Hanley, Managing Director for Laing O’Rourke said the company was proud to be working with Queensland Rail to deliver each project.

“These projects mark an important step for Queensland’s infrastructure as the state prepares to host the 2032 Olympics,” Hanley said.

“We have built a digital component library, which allows us to capture, curate and surface supply chain-ready repeatable components, parts, and product data. This will allow us to bring together industry-leading digital solutions, our local expertise and best practice examples from other critical rail projects to ensure we deliver certainty for Queensland Rail.”

Member for Lytton, Joan Pease said the upgrades would benefit all members of the local community.

“With a new station building, and an upgraded Park n Ride that includes a new active transport enclosure, these station accessibility upgrades have something for all users of public transport,” Lytton said.

“We want to make it easy and seamless for people to catch trains or ride their bikes and this investment in the community makes that possible.”

The stations will be reopened throughout the second half of 2024 except for Buranda, with completion expected in 2025.

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