Passenger Rail

Timelines updated for Queensland’s Central station upgrade

Queensland Rail has outlined new timelines for various aspects of its major upgrade of Central station in Brisbane.

Queensland Rail chief executive Nick Easy said this week a contract for the supply, installation and maintenance of new escalators would be awarded in coming weeks, and outlined a selection of additional deadlines for work.

“The major escalators connecting Central to the Anzac Square Arcade will be the first to be replaced,” Easy said. “This work is expected to start in early 2020. The replacement of lifts to platforms 1-4 will start later this year too.”

He said escalator and lift replacement works will continue throughout 2020 and 2021, as well as the replacement of overhead line equipment on platforms 1-4 which needs to happen before we can start platform raising works.

“Every train service on our network passes through this location every day,” Easy said. “More than 21 million customers move through Central Station each year, so upgrades to lifts, escalators and platforms needs to be carefully sequenced and planned.

“The station’s back-of-house facilities were upgraded in 2017 and we refurbished the station’s concourse and platforms in 2018 including the replacement of roof sheeting, column cladding, new lighting and fans and painting.”

The full revised program is as follows:

  • the replacement of lifts to platforms 1-4 will start in late 2019
  • the replacement of the outer concourse escalators will start in early 2020
  • overhead line equipment replacement on platforms 1-4 will start in mid-2020
  • the replacement of the lift to platforms 5/6 and the replacement of the outer concourse lift to Ann St will start in mid-2020
  • the replacement of the escalators on platforms 5/6 will start in late 2020
  • platform upgrade early works will start in early 2021
  • platform upgrade design will be finalised by early 2022
  • main platform upgrade works will start in mid-2022
  • the replacement of escalators to platforms 1-4 and the installation of an additional escalator to platforms 3/4 will commence in early 2023, in line with the platform upgrade.

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