The accessibility upgrades at the Auchenflower train station have reached a milestone following the installation of a 36-metre pedestrian bridge.
Member for Cooper Jonty Bush said that the added feature will provide a convenient path from the station precinct and to the Wesley Hospital for commuters, especially those with mobility devices.
“In just 48 hours, crews worked over the weekend to assemble the bridge, started installing the station’s new lift shafts and stairs and lifted in the 36-metre steel footbridge,” Mr Bush said.
Further work on the Auchenflower train station will continue in the next six months, which will cover the installation of lifts and stairs connecting the bridge to specific platform zones. The platforms had been raised in early 2021 to allow “easier and safer access to trains.”
“Once the accessibility upgrade is complete, everyone in the community will be able to travel safely and more easily through Auchenflower station and the neighbouring Wesley Hospital medical precinct, including people who use mobility aids, seniors, and people travelling with prams and luggage,” Mr Bush said.
Commuters may expect the following features when the upgrades are complete:
- a new pedestrian footbridge with lift access
- raised section of platform encompassing the core zone and assisted boarding point
- upgraded hearing augmentation loop and tactile platform surfaces
- upgraded security cameras and lighting around the core zone
- new wayfinding and platform signage around the core zone
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said that, as a safety measure, commuters have to expect closures while the upgrades are underway.
“Queensland Rail is committed to communicating any travel impacts in advance to allow customers to plan their journey and allow any extra travel time required.”
The Auchenflower train station upgrade is part of the $27.5 billion roads and transport investment of the State Government in the next four years.