Banyo train station footbridge gets the green light in Budget
Local Member for Nudgee Leanne Linard today announced the 2015-16 State Budget would invest $888,000 in a new pedestrian footbridge at Banyo train station.
Ms Linard said the investment was great news for the local community who have been calling out for improved access between the station’s two platforms.
“In 2006, an ageing timber footbridge at the northern end of the station was demolished as it had reached the end of its lifespan and was structurally unsafe,” Ms Linard said.
“Since then the only access between the station’s inbound and outbound platforms has been approximately 170 metres away via the Vincents Road level crossing at the southern end of the station.
“I’ve heard the community’s feedback and after monitoring commuter behaviour at the station, the need for cross-corridor access at the northern end of the station is absolutely clear.
“The new footbridge will be installed early next year and will not only allow customers to board trains and exit the station much more quickly, it will also provide additional cross-corridor access between St Vincents Road and Royal Parade.”
Ms Linard said a tender for the design and construction of the footbridge would open to the market later this month.
“This project is expected to create approximately 50 local jobs with all building material to be sourced from local suppliers wherever possible,” Ms Linard said.
“The footbridge will be installed three metres in from the northern end of the platforms, and will be a much more durable and easy-to-maintain steel and concrete structure.
“The project will also involve new lighting, CCTV and signage for the new footbridge.”
Construction is expected to start in November and be completed by March 2016.
There will be no impact to train services during this time.
“I’d like to thank Treasurer Curtis Pitt for acting on the concerns of Nudgee locals,” she said.
“At a time when he has chartered a course for paying-down debt by handing down a restrained budget, I’m pleased to see Banyo’s train station getting the attention and funding it needs.
“I congratulate the Treasurer on managing to be fiscally responsible while also delivering economic uplift in our electorate through local construction projects.”
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