The local community is invited to help shape the final designs for a $34 million upgrade of Bundamba train station, which will seek to improve the customer experience and accessibility.
Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said the upgrade was part of the Palaszczuk Government’s ongoing $500 million investment in the Station Accessibility Upgrade program.
“We are progressively upgrading stations across the South-East Queensland rail network to make them accessible for all customers,” Mr Bailey said.
“These important upgrades make a big difference in the lives of locals who rely on public transport to get around, and I’m pleased to see this next stage of the upgrade get underway.”
Member for Bundamba Lance McCallum said he was pleased to share artist impressions with the community, which for the first time provide a glimpse into how the project will transform the station.
“We want to ensure everyone in the local community can access Bundamba station safely and without barriers,” Mr McCallum said.
“This upgrade will deliver major accessibility improvements including full-length raised platforms for improved boarding, and a new overbridge with direct lift access to the platforms.
“That’s in addition to other improvements including hearing augmentation loops and tactile platform surfaces for customers requiring hearing and vision assistance, upgraded CCTV and station lighting, extended platform shelters and new wayfinding and platform signage.
“Upon its completion, the project will provide accessible options for customers to access the station platform.”
Mr McCallum said the $34 million upgrade of Bundamba station followed other rail upgrades across the local community.
“The Palaszczuk Government continues to deliver improved access for Ipswich locals through station upgrades, park ‘n’ ride expansions and station refreshes as part of an over $1 billion transport commitment in Ipswich,” he said.
“This upgrade is a huge boost not only to our local rail commuters but our economy as well with around 250 jobs during construction.
“We recently saw East Ipswich station open after its multi-million-dollar accessibility overhaul, with Ebbw Vale benefiting from an additional 70 parking spaces and a platform upgrade at Redbank.
“I am proud to see the Bundamba station upgrade progressing and look forward to seeing work get underway.”
Mr McCallum said the artist impressions for the station accessibility upgrade project would be displayed online and at Bundamba station from Monday, 14 February, with an online feedback form open for residents to provide their thoughts.
“The Bundamba community is invited to provide feedback online, via email, mail or by phoning the project team from today to Friday, 25 February,” he said.
“Queensland Rail will also consult its Accessibility Focus Group on the proposed station design and will continue seeking their guidance throughout the design process to ensure an inclusive travel experience for all customers.
“Feedback from these important stakeholders, customers and the local community will help inform the final design, with Queensland Rail planning to release a tender for detailed design and construction in mid-2022.”