A new concept design that shows how one of the most outdated train stations on Brisbane’s southside will be completely rebuilt to improve accessibility in time for Cross River Rail has been unveiled.
Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said the Dutton Park station rebuild was a major win for local residents and regular commuters.
“The rebuild presents an opportunity to remedy long-standing issues at the current station and makes it easier and safer for locals to use public transport,” Mr Bailey said.
“It’s another important part of our COVID-19 recovery plan which is strengthening our economy and creating jobs.
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“We’ve worked closely with key groups to plan the upgrade, with a focus on making the station easier to access for people using wheelchairs or walking frames, and parents with prams.
“In consultation with Cross River Rail’s accessibility reference group and the Queensland Accessible Transport Advisory Council, we’re delivering what the local community needs and deserves.”
As one of South East Queensland’s oldest stations, Mr Bailey said the rebuild was long overdue.
“Opened more than 130 years ago, Dutton Park is one of seven stations that will be rebuilt on Brisbane’s southside in time for Cross River Rail’s opening in 2025,” he said.
“Features of the new Dutton Park station include new entry points, two raised platforms making it easier to board and disembark from trains, a pedestrian overpass which includes a lift to the platforms, shade canopies, drinking fountains and bike storage.
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“This will not only benefit the local community, but will mean access to the nearby Princess Alexandra Hospital will be more convenient for more people as well.”
Mr Bailey said the new Dutton Park station would be the closest to the project’s southern portal, where trains would enter and exit the twin tunnels.
“This is one of the project’s more challenging sections from an engineering perspective,” he said.
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“The designers have done a terrific job working out how to best thread an underground line through a busy and congested rail corridor, while incorporating the new Dutton Park station at the same time.
“Once built, the southern portal will connect the existing rail corridor to the new underground station at Boggo Road, where twin roadheaders recently broke through two months ahead of schedule.
“The two, 115-tonne machines bore through more than 900 metres of rock to emerge at Boggo Road last month, effectively connecting Roma Street and Boggo Road beneath the river.
“This is yet another example of how Cross River Rail is transforming South East Queensland now and into the future.”
Mr Bailey said the Cross River Rail project was an important part of Queensland’s future, as the state’s population booms.
“Major infrastructure projects backed by the Palaszczuk Government are creating jobs and rebuilding Queensland’s economy,” he said.
“Pumping more than $4 million a day into the economy, this critical project is helping drive Queensland’s economic recovery from COVID-19 and was key to securing the 2032 Olympics.
“When trains start running through the twin tunnels in 2025, more than 7700 workers, including 450 trainees and apprentices can boast they had a hand in building the project – re-defining how people travel across South East Queensland and into the inner city.”
Mr Bailey said early works, including geotechnical investigations, surveys and environmental monitoring were ongoing, while major construction was expected to commence in early 2022.
Community consultation for the Dutton Park concept design will take place from Monday 18 October to Friday 12 November, and will include drop-in sessions with the Cross River Rail team.
Dutton Park station fast facts:
- Dutton Park station will be the closest station to the southern portal of Cross River Rail’s twin tunnels.
- Major construction is expected to start in early 2022, to be completed ahead of Cross River Rail’s opening in 2025.
- Key features of the current station design include:
- New station entry points on Noble Street, Kent Street and Annerley Road;
- Two new high-level platforms for improved customer accessibility;
- An overpass connecting Noble Street and Annerley Road, both of which include a staircase and lift to the platform;
- Station buildings including a ticket office, staff facilities and a publicly accessible toilet;
- Integrated transport connection at the Noble Street entry with an adjacent bus stop, and;
- Provision for Kent Street accessible parking and kiss ‘n’ ride facilities.
- Drop-in sessions during the community consultation period will take place at Hefferan Park in Annerley on Wednesday 27 October (7.30am to 9.30am), Wednesday 3 November (7.30am to 9.30am) and Saturday 6 November (9am to 11am).