One of Brisbane’s most important and iconic rail stations will be transformed thanks to a $67 million, 3 year project that will significantly upgrade the station.
The Central Station upgrade is set to deliver up to 750 jobs during its three year phase in the CBD. It is expected that the project will need a range of professions to undergo construction works such as engineering, electrical, rigging, carpentry, concreting and finishing trades.
Currently, over 140,000 commuters travel through Central Station daily, however the station has not seen a significant upgrade since the 1990’s.
The upgrade will deliver many changes, with a new roof and revamped platforms the most significant works. Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe spoke of the changes to the station, “The most striking feature of the new-look station will be a new, raised roof which will extend over the Edward Street end of the concourse, with a glass façade that will transform the station and inject the space with more light.”
“All the platforms will be modernised with new floor, wall and roof coverings, passenger information displays, CCTV and lighting. We will also raise platforms 1-4 to allow level-entry boarding, which will make it easier for passengers in wheelchairs, parents with prams and those traveling with luggage to access trains.
“The Central station upgrade is part of the Palaszczuk Government’s plan to cater for growth and build the railway service we need for the future.”
Other works include the installation of new lifts and escalators, as well as improved information and boarding displays.
Disruption to passengers will be minimal, with the works set to be done during scheduled night closures, as well as weekends.
It is expected that works will begin later this month on the project.