Work has commenced on the proposed upgrades to Dakabin train station, a significant transport hub that provides access to and from North Lakes and surrounds.
Residents have been saying, for years, that the station needed to be upgraded to make it more accessible to more people. Commuters have also lamented the lack of adequate parking facilities. Access improvements and parking facilities are now part of the improvement plan; but not another item found on the residents’ wish list: a bus station.
Despite its importance to the local community, would you believe that there has never been a proper bus connection at the Dakabin train station? Residents have been requesting it for years. Nevertheless, the train station upgrade includes the provision of space for a bus connection.
Helping the Local Economy
At the recent sod-turning ceremony, Murrumba MP Steven Miles said that aside from fixing the parking and accessibility issues at the station, the Dakabin upgrade helps boost the local economy through the creation of up to 250 additional jobs in the market due to the ongoing construction.
He said that this comes as welcome news during a period of increasing employment insecurity. Likewise, the local economy will be positively impacted. People will be able to have easier mobility, once the station is done. Housing values will also be positively impacted.
QLD Rail Station Accessibility Upgrade Program
The works are part of the Queensland Rail Station Accessibility Upgrade Program . Under this program, the Government is investing $357 million to improve accessibility at South East Queensland train stations.
An additional $57 million has been committed for an additional six stations, from Fairfield to Salisbury (F2S), to be delivered as part of the Cross River Rail project.
Through these updates, customers with disabilities, the elderly, parents with prams, people with injuries or even simply those carrying luggage, will be able to use the station with ease and independence.
What are the improvements?
Features of the upgrade include:
- a new pedestrian footbridge with lift access
- raised section of platform encompassing the core zone and assisted boarding point
- improved accessible parking
- upgraded hearing augmentation loops and tactile platform surfaces
- upgraded security cameras and lighting around the core zone
- new wayfinding and platform signage around the core zone
- new multi-storey parking facility to replace the existing carpark on Thompson Road carpark.
Queensland Rail is working with the Department of Transport and Main Roads on the additional parking facility and a new bus interchange.
This is a welcome development because according to Queensland Rail, “patronage statistics show 78 percent of Queensland Rail’s customers travel to and from independently accessible stations in South East Queensland.” Patronage data also shows that more than 84 percent of customers will be traveling to and from independently accessible stations.