Buranda Station Accessibility Upgrade Takes Steps Toward Inclusive Rail Travel

Buranda Station
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Early works have commenced on a multimillion-dollar accessibility upgrade project at the Buranda train station, part of a broader plan that includes improvements at Morningside, Lindum, and Banyo stations, all of which are expected to temporarily close in January 2024, once construction is in full swing.

The Buranda station accessibility upgrade is part of a broader plan that includes improvements at Lindum, Morningside, and Banyo train stations. While these upgrades are set to enhance the overall rail network, the improvements at Buranda station, situated in the suburb of Woolloongabba, are generating considerable anticipation.

Early construction activities have begun at the four stations. Enabling works are underway at Lindum and Buranda stations. Site establishment will commence in the coming months.

Geotechnical activities and overhead line and service location works have already been carried out at Morningside station. Piling, signalling construction and site establishment will commence soon.

The project, part of the State’s Big Build initiative, aims to make rail travel more inclusive and convenient for all passengers. 

Plans for Buranda Station’s Upgrade 

The Buranda station will undergo a complete transformation, with an estimated cost of $70 million allocated towards the upgrade.

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This investment will bring several significant improvements to the station, including a new footbridge with lift access, platform re-alignment, enhanced service and facilities, such as increased shelter coverage and customer information screens.

One of the central goals of the upgrade is to reduce the gap between the platform and train doors, making boarding safer and easier for all passengers.

This includes individuals in wheelchairs, those with walking frames, parents with prams, and passengers carrying luggage. Access to the station overpass via a lift will further improve accessibility.

Other enhancements encompass updated customer facilities, including accessible toilets, disability-compliant ticket windows, improved seating, and extended platform shelters.

To create a safer environment, the station will also feature hearing augmentation loops, tactile floor indicators, new wayfinding signage, information screens, and upgraded security through CCTV and lighting.

Temporary Closure – Buranda Station 

However, it is essential to note that to expedite these vital upgrades, the station will temporarily close during construction. This closure, along with those at Lindum, Morningside, and Banyo stations, is scheduled to begin in January 2024. During this period, alternative transport options will be available to assist commuters.

Buranda station is expected to welcome passengers in mid-2025. Commuters at Lindum, Morningside, and Banyo stations can anticipate the reopening of their stations in the second half of 2024, subject to construction progress and weather conditions.

Queensland Rail is keen to engage with its customers to ensure that alternative travel arrangements align with their needs and preferences. To gather valuable input, Queensland Rail has launched a survey, seeking feedback on passengers’ travel patterns and requirements during the station closures.

“The Buranda station accessibility upgrade project is a significant milestone that will make a real difference in our community. These improvements will ensure that our rail network is accessible to everyone,” Member for Greenslopes Joe Kelly said.

Published 13-Sept-2023