A modern, accessible and functional East Ipswich station is a step closer with main construction set to start on the multi-million upgrade project.
Member for Ipswich Jennifer Howard said the start of construction signalled a milestone in the State Government’s commitment to provide seamless, accessible rail travel for Ipswich locals.
“It’s fantastic to see major works begin on the East Ipswich station upgrade as part of the State Government’s $357 million investment in improving station accessibility across South East Queensland,” she said.
“Minor works have already been completed which include upgrades to overhead line infrastructure, telecommunications cabling works, and ongoing station design work.
“Fencing has gone up and site compounds have been established, allowing the contractor, Hutchinson Builders, to begin main construction.”
Ms Howard said the project will improve safety and accessibility and support 250 jobs, contributing to Queensland’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The upgrade will deliver a new station located 120 metres east of the current station,” she said.
Key features of the new station include: a modern-standard footbridge with lifts; fully-raised platforms to provide easier access on and off the train; hearing aid loops and tactile platform surfaces; a new bicycle enclosure; accessible parking; and improved security through upgraded lighting and CCTV.
Ms Howard said customers will be able to access the station from new entrances on Merton and Coronation streets.
“When the upgrade is complete, customers will be able to travel more safely and easily through East Ipswich station, especially those who use mobility aids, seniors, people with prams and those travelling with luggage,” she said.
Ms Howard said the first stage of major works required the removal of some non-native trees inside the rail corridor on Merton Street.
“While some non-native trees needed to be removed to enable the safe construction of the new station, the project team has worked to retain the native trees and the upgraded precinct will be revegetated with appropriate native species,” she said.
Ms Howard said the contractor’s increased presence on site meant residents near the station may notice an increase in lighting and noise, as well as additional vehicle movements.
The majority of construction will be carried out from 6.30am to 6.30pm, Monday to Saturday. Residents surrounding the station will be provided with advance notice of construction activities likely to cause impacts, including after-hours work.
For more information on the East Ipswich station accessibility upgrade, visit www.queenslandrail.com.au