Six rail stations in Queensland are set to receive accessibility upgrades as part of the State Government’s station upgrade program.
Accessibility improvements will be made to the Morningside, Lindum, Banyo, Buranda, Bundamba and Burpengary stations. This will also mark the largest number of stations that Queensland Rail has delivered simultaneously.
Queensland Rail is partnering with Hutchinson Builders and Laing O’Rourke to deliver these works.
These upgrades will feature new lift-accessible footbridges, fully raised full-length platforms, extended platform shelters. Other improvements include upgraded customer facilities like accessible toilets, disability-compliant ticket windows and improved seating.
When the upgrades are complete, the stations will boast lifts, overpasses and fully raised platforms to reduce the gap, making boarding the train safer and easier for all customers as well as a range of other accessibility improvements.
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Upgrades will also include the installation of hearing augmentation loops, tactile floor indicators, new wayfinding signage, information screens and better security through CCTV and lighting upgrades.
Early works are in full swing, paving the way for the contractors to get straight into major construction when the stations close temporarily in January 2024.
Queensland Rail CEO Kat Stapleton said the public were consulted to help minimise disruptions as works take place.
“We listened to our customers when they told us how we can best keep them moving during the upgrade so we’re urging them to familiarise themselves with the alternative transport plan they helped develop,” Stapleton said.
“When complete, customers can look forward to incredible upgraded stations across South East Queensland from accessible drop off points, to lifts and platforms closer to the trains – making the whole experience of catching public transport easier.”
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