Upgrades to make Burpengary train station more accessible and safer have started, with station closures to come early next year.
The $53 million upgrades are part of the State Government’s Station Accessibility Upgrade program, which will ensure the station is rebuilt to modern accessibility standards.
The main works will include raising the platforms to level with train doors and reducing the gap to make boarding safer and easier.
Passengers in wheelchairs and with walking frames, parents with prams and people with luggage will also be able to catch a lift to a station overpass and then onto the platforms.
Other improvements include accessible toilets, disability-compliant ticket windows, upgraded hearing loops, tactile floor indicators and new security cameras.
To speed up the upgrade, Burpengary train station will close starting from January 2024. It is expected to reopen in September, pending construction and weather conditions. The work is expected to take 8-10 months.
Queensland Rail is planning a replacement bus service from Morayfield to Narangba according to the regular timetable. It has launched a survey asking customers directly about their travel patterns and how they can be supported.
Queensland Rail Head of SEQ Scott Riedel says his team wants to hear from passengers.
“We want to hear directly from those customers who’ll be affected by these closures, so we can work out how best we can support them while their upgrade is progressing from January next year,” Mr Riedel says.
“This feedback will be used to ensure there is appropriate alternative transport in place and help us prepare for any extra patronage at surrounding stations.
“We understand this will change the way customers travel for a period of time, but we’re committed to making our rail network accessible for everyone in the long-term.”
There will be some parking available at the station, but Queensland Rail urges passengers to fill in the survey, as it will help them work out how much is needed.
Passengers can fill out a hard copy of the survey at Burpengary station on Wednesday, September 13, from noon-2pm or fill out the survey online. The survey closes on Sunday, September 17.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey says while the closure is inconvenient, the upgrades will significantly help those in need.
“Having a fully accessible train station available can change the life of someone living with a disability, so it’s great to see the upgrade of Burpengary station take a step forward,” Mr Bailey says.
Passengers can give their feedback by filling in the survey here.
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