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Major station accessibility upgrade designs are leased for public comment

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The local community is invited to help shape the final designs for a multi-million-dollar upgrade of Banyo and Bundamba train stations, which will seek to improve the customer experience and accessibility for all customers.

Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said the upgrade was part of the Palaszczuk Government’s $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.”

Mr Bailey said the upgrades would deliver major accessibility improvements including full-length raised platforms for improved boarding, and new additional overbridges with direct lift access to the platforms.

“We want everyone in the local community to access public transport safely and without barriers,” he said.

“The upgrade will also deliver 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 people with a disability, parents with prams and senior citizens to access the station platforms.”

Member for Nudgee Leanne Linard was pleased to share artist impressions for Banyo station with her community, which for the first time provide a glimpse into how the project will transform the existing station.

“This upgrade is welcomed by my community who have pushed for these improvements for a long time,” Ms Linard said.

“The benefits this will deliver will reach far and wide for all those who rely on public transport on a regular basis.”

Member for Bundamba Lance McCallum said the local upgrade followed accessibility upgrades at Ebbw Vale and East Ipswich stations.

“The Palaszczuk Government continues to deliver improved access for our local Ipswich community through station upgrades, park ‘n’ ride expansions and station refreshes,” Mr McCallum said.

“Now, we see Bundamba station in line for a major overhaul as part of the multi-million-dollar works program, and I look forward to seeing work get underway.

“This investment follows our $3 million park ‘n’ ride upgrade at Ebbw Vale station to include another 70 parking spaces, and the recent accessibility improvements at East Ipswich station.

“I’m proud to be delivering these benefits for our local community, and for all those who use Bundamba station in the future.”

Ms Linard invited the community to provide feedback on the designs of both Banyo and Bundamba station online.

“Feedback can be provided online, via email, mail or by phoning the project team from now Monday 14 to Friday 25 February,” she said

“Queensland Rail has also consulted closely with 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 regarding the station designs can be submitted via an online survey at queenslandrail.com.au, by emailing stationsupgrade@qr.com.au or calling 1800 722 203 between Monday 14 and Friday 25 February.

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