Construction ramping up on Boondall station accessibility upgrade
Major works are set to commence on an accessibility upgrade of Boondall train station, which will improve the station amenities and customer experience for the station’s 300,000 annual customer trips.
Member for Nudgee Leanne Linard said the upgrade would deliver an accessible path of travel throughout the station precinct, to ensure equal access to public transport for everyone in the local community, including residents who use mobility aids, those with disabilities, seniors and people with prams or luggage.
“This upgrade will ensure customers seeking to catch train services to and from Boondall station will have a seamless path of travel throughout the station precinct and equal access to employment, important services and connections to family and friends,” Ms Linard said.
“Early works have now been completed, which included laying foundations and the relocation of overhead electrification equipment to enable the raising of the platform at the assisted boarding point.
“From Monday 12 November, customers will start to see more activity on site including the establishment of a site office, installation of safety fencing, and utility works on the platform.
“There will be some temporary changes to access paths throughout the station precinct and changed traffic and parking conditions on Aberdeen Parade as construction takes shape. We ask that customers please take note of any changed conditions by looking out for signage and any directions from station staff.
“From January 2019, platform raising at the assisted boarding points will commence and a new pedestrian footbridge with lifts to be installed later in the year.
“The project will also deliver a range of other improvements including hearing aid loops and tactile surfaces, upgraded security cameras and lighting and improved platform signage in the raised area.
Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said residents who live in the surrounding areas may at times notice some noise associated with the works, and thanked customers and the community for their patience during this important project.
“With almost 300,000 customer trips in and out of station recorded last year, Boondall station is a key hub supporting Brisbane’s growing northern suburbs, and regularly attracts large crowds attending the nearby Brisbane Entertainment Centre,” Mr Bailey said.
“While this project may impose some temporary disruptions, it is important we put in place improvements now that will ensure the Boondall community is well-connected into the future, and people of all abilities can access the station and the nearby entertainment precinct.”
The Boondall station upgrade is part of a $300 million investment by the Queensland Government to improve accessibility at 16 stations across the South East Queensland train network.
Through the program, station upgrades have been completed at Nambour, Dinmore, Graceville, Newmarket and Alderley stations.
Works are now underway at Boondall, Morayfield and Strathpine stations, and planning and design is now underway for the next stage of upgrades at Buranda, Albion, Cannon Hill, Dakabin, Auchenflower, Fairfield, East Ipswich and Loganlea stations.
“The upgrade of these additional stations will increase the number of accessible stations on the city network from 80 to 91, which means 83 per cent of Queensland Rail’s customers will travel to and from accessible stations once these projects are complete,” Mr Bailey said.
“The Boondall station upgrade will also support around 250 jobs for contractors and suppliers from the construction industry, including electrical, carpentry, painting, plumbing, labouring, roofing, glazing and traffic control, which is great news.”
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