Queensland Rail’s accessibility overhaul of Strathpine station has taken another leap forward, with the John Holland Group awarded the contract for construction.
Member for Pine Rivers Nikki Boyd said the contract award would allow early preparation at the station to continue ahead of major construction kicking off later this year.
“Queensland Rail has been undertaking works at the site on foundations, structures and platforms, in preparation for the relocation of overhead electrical equipment,” Ms Boyd said.
“With the John Holland Group now engaged, customers will see major work start to take shape at Strathpine station from later this year, once detailed construction plans have been completed.
Ms Boyd said the accessibility upgrade will ultimately provide customers accessing Strathpine station with a step-free path of travel through the station precinct.
“The upgrade will ensure everyone, including customers using mobility aids, seniors and people with prams, can travel safely and easily,” she said.
With key community services nearby, including the Strathpine Library and shopping centre, Strathpine station is an important transport link for the community, accommodating around 649,000 customer trips last year.
“It is important we ensure the community has safe and independent access to public transport, as well as putting in place improvements needed to support the community into the future.”
Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said the Strathpine station accessibility upgrade would also boost the local construction industry. “The Strathpine upgrade will see John Holland Group support around 250 jobs for contractors and suppliers, including electrical, carpentry, painting, plumbing, labouring, roofing, glazing and traffic control,” Mr Bailey said.
“The station will remain open throughout the project, however there may be temporary impacts to station facilities as construction progresses.
“Queensland Rail will ensure customers and the surrounding community are informed ahead of any changes.
“We thank our customers in advance for their patience during these important works, and look forward to delivering an upgraded and independently accessible Strathpine station for the community.”
The upgrade will include a new footbridge with lifts, raising platform sections to provide easier access on and off the train and a range of other accessibility features, including hearing aid loops.
The project will also provide customer enhancements including:
The construction contract with John Holland Group will also see upgrades delivered at Boondall and Morayfield stations, as part of a $300 million investment by the Queensland Government to improve accessibility at stations across the South East Queensland train network.
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