19 September, 2023

Keeping you moving during Burpengary Station upgrade

QUEENSLAND Rail wants to hear from customers to help design the best alternatives for travel, while Burpengary Railway Station temporarily closes for upgrade.

Keeping you moving during Burpengary Station upgrade - feature photo

Burpengary Station will be rebuilt to modern accessibility standards as part of a $53 million upgrade through the Queensland Government’s Station Accessibility Upgrade Program.

Station platforms will be raised to make the platform and train door level, reducing the gap and making boarding safer and easier.

Customers in wheelchairs, 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 platforms which is a great accessibility outcome.

Other improvements include upgraded customer facilities like accessible toilets, disability-compliant ticket windows, improved seating, extended platform shelters, improved bicycle storage and new security cameras.

Queensland Rail is also installing hearing augmentation loops, tactile floor indicators, new way-finding signage, information screens and better security through CCTV and lighting upgrades.

In order to expedite the upgrade, Burpengary Station will close during construction and Queensland Rail wants to consult with customers about alternative travel arrangements.

Queensland Rail is planning a replacement bus service from Morayfield to Narangba in line with the regular timetable and has launched a survey which asks customers directly about their travel patterns and how best they can be supported when the upgrade is progressing from January next year.

The first glimpses of this project have started, with site establishment works well underway at Burpengary Station.

Burpengary Station customers can look forward to the station re-opening throughout the second half of 2024, pending construction and weather conditions.

The projects are all part of the rail revolution occurring across south east Queensland with Cross River Rail and 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games preparation underway and will support 1,250 Queensland jobs for the duration.

The survey is open and can be completed online.

Member for Kurwongbah, Shane King, said these upgrades will make Burpengary Station better for everybody, but with the closures there’ll be some disruptions.

“This will be inconvenient, but when re-opened the upgraded Burpengary Station will ensure everyone can catch the train with ease, whether they are using a wheelchair, are injured, or simply travelling with a pram or luggage,” Mr King said.

“Please, if you have any feedback or catch the train, now is the chance to have your say to make sure we support you in the best way possible.”

Transport Minister, Mark Bailey, said 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.

“It is a testament to the work of local MP Shane King in advocating for Burpengary Station to be upgraded, just as he did for Dakabin station,” Mr Bailey said.

“No one knows how to improve the station better than those who use it every day, so jump online and give us your suggestions.”

Queensland Rail Head of South East Queensland, Scott Riedel, said Queensland Rail wants to hear directly from customers who’ll be affected by these closures so they can work out how to best support them while the upgrade is progressing from January next year.

“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,” Mr Riedel said.

“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.

“Once re-opened, the upgraded Burpengary Station will ensure everyone can catch the train with ease.

“We’re delivering for our loyal customers and are committed to a world-class network when Brisbane takes the world stage in 2032.”


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