Brisbane’s Central station is getting a three-year, $67 million overhaul.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the project this morning, stressing the need to update the station’s tired look.

“The station needs the upgrade,” she said.

“This station has existed since the late 1880s and what we need is to bring it into the modern, 21st century.”

Central is the busiest station in Queensland Rail’s South East Queensland network, with up to 140,000 customers travelling to and from it each weekday.

PDT Architects

Image: PDT Architects

The $67 million facelift, designed by Fortitude Valley’s PDT Architects, is intended to “greatly improve the customer experience”, and will include:

  • A new roof extending over the Edward Street end of the concourse, injecting light and improved ventilation and giving the station a ‘modern, airy feel’.
  • Modernisation of the platforms, including ceiling, wall and floor treatments and lighting, level entry boarding, extended cover on Platforms 2/3 and 3/4, new passenger information displays and seating.
  • New lifts and modernisation of the stairs and escalators leading to the platforms.
  • An additional escalator from the concourse to ANZAC Square to reduce congestion during peak periods.
  • A refurbishment of the back-of-house facilities, including offices, communication rooms and first aid areas.
PDT Architects

Image: PDT Architects

Work will begin this month, with the redesign and refurbishment of back-of-house facilities. Work on the platforms will begin in early 2017.

The station will remain open and operational throughout the project. Work will reportedly take place mainly over weekends and at night to reduce customer impact; it’s claimed that peak hour timetables and services will not be affected.

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