Minister for Transport
The Honourable Rachel Nolan
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Darra station revamp underway
Transport Minister Rachel Nolan today announced the start of major works to revamp Darra Railway station.
The Darra station upgrade is part of the Governmentâ€™s $189 million Corinda to Darra Rail Upgrade project, which involves constructing two new tracks between Corinda and Darra and upgrades to Oxley and Darra stations.
â€œDarra Station, which first opened in 1876, will undergo a major transformation to renew its look, feel and functionality,â€ Ms Nolan said.
â€œA key feature of the upgrade is improved access for people with disabilities, mothers with strollers, the elderly and cyclists. This will include two new lifts, a new access ramp and three additional disabled car parking spaces.
â€œWhen the upgrade is complete in mid-2010 there will be wheelchair access to all platforms, providing easy entry to the QR network.
â€œOther features of the upgrade include a new side platform, 60 more car parks, new shelters, electronic passenger information, additional lighting, security cameras and landscaping.
â€œCyclists will also benefit from the upgrade with a new cycle path to the station from the Centenary Highway and 40 extra bike lockers.
â€œThere are other changes taking place as part of the upgrade. The bus stop and taxi rank in Railway Parade will be temporarily relocated in the near future to Darra Station Road to allow construction to get underway on the new platform.
â€œManburgh Terrace Bridge is also being widened to accommodate the two new tracks.â€
Members for Inala Annastacia Palaszczuk and Mount Ommaney Julie Attwood today welcomed the start of work on the upgrade.
Ms Palaszczuk said the completed station would provide a significant benefit to the local community.
â€œItâ€™s an exciting time to live in this area. The Bligh Government is focused on delivering quality public transport for our region,â€ Ms Palaszczuk said.
â€œThe Corinda to Darra upgrade will be complimented by the new Darra to Springfield railway line which includes the $40 million new Richlands station.
â€œThese major pieces of infrastructure will put our region in an excellent position for future growth,â€ Ms Palaszczuk said.
Mrs Attwood said the upgraded Darra station would be a first class facility offering easy and comfortable access to public transport for this community.
â€œThis major upgrade for our local station is evidence that the Bligh Government aware of the potential this area has,â€ Mrs Attwood said.
â€œThese projects will have the added benefit of stimulating the local economy thus creating jobs for local businesses.â€
The number of tracks at Darra station will increase from two to four, providing additional freight and passenger rail capacity on the busy western rail corridor and catering for Richlands rail service which starts in 2011.
Ms Nolan said the Corinda to Darra Rail Upgrade project would create around 1500 jobs during design and construction.
While there would be changed pedestrian access to the station, passenger services would not be disrupted during the working week.
â€œPedestrian access changes will be clearly signposted and additional staff will be available to assist passengers,â€ Ms Nolan said.
â€œWe would like to thank passengers in advance for their patience while this important work is carried out.â€
General project information: 1800 680 385 (freecall) or visit www.qr.com.au/seqip .
Passenger service, including disability access enquiries: 13 16 17
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