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Queensland Rail will not close Fortitude Valley train station to speed up $19 million of repairs to prevent heavy rains flooding the train lines as it has since November 2014, QR's corporate affairs manager Rebecca Masci said.
The flooding has the potential to cause 45-minute delays to services between Central and Fortitude Valley until repairs are made, flood modelling reported by Fairfax Media on Tuesday reveals.
Fortitude Valley rail station has also been subject to "nuisance flooding" for 40 years, a report into flooding shows.
Torrential rain simply runs down hard-paved areas to Fortitude Valley train station six metres lower than ground level. Photo: Fortitude Valley train station f
The repairs are needed to replace narrow drainpipes under the train station with new two metre wide drains.
This could stop torrential rain blocking the tracks, halting trains and interrupting thousands of rail commuters' journeys.
If repairs are not completed, further flooding will happen if it rains heavily for 40 minutes, the report also says.
"It is likely that relatively short duration rain (less than 40 minutes) and high intensity events will result in flooding," the report also says.
"We will not be closing the station during peak periods to undertake this work," Ms Masci said.
Instead, Queensland Rail is likely to do the work at night after late trains finish and before the earliest trains start.
This work could take three years. However no decision has yet been made.
Ms Masci would not answer why the work needed to take three years.
"It is too early to comment on any improvement works which may take place in the future," Ms Masci said.
"We are currently considering the recommendations made in the report as a priority, alongside Brisbane City Council," she said.
"In principle, we support the recommendations made, however more thorough consideration and investigation needs to be undertaken before any plans are able to be confirmed."
Rail lines at Fortitude Valley rail station were covered by 30 centimetres of rain in November 2014 and again in March 2015.
An independent study into the problem reported by Fairfax Media on Tuesday showed flooding was caused because Fortitude Valley train station is six metres lower that the surrounding landscape, drainage pipes are too small and one major drainage pipe was blocked until revealed by consultants, Jacobs. Water also backed up in a QR 900mm drainage pipe.
Four options to repair Fortitude Valley train station were recommended in the report which was finalised on October 6, 2015.
The options outlined in this report by Fairfax Media show work could cause major traffic problems in Fortitude Valley.
This article first appeared on www.brisbanetimes.com.au
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