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Six south Brisbane train stations are set to be upgraded to ensure they meet accessibility standards with new lifts, overpasses and bike racks in preparation for the long-awaited Cross River Rail.
The state government has promised a facelift for Fairfield, Yeronga, Yeerongpilly, Moorooka, Rocklea and Salisbury stations, to coincide with the project.
Concept image for upgrade at Salisbury station.
“Queenslanders are backing public transport like never before, with a record 182 million trips across the south-east last financial year,” Transport Minister Mark Bailey said.
“Cross River Rail already includes plans to build an additional platform at these southside stations, so it makes sense that we also invest in accessibility upgrades to the existing station platforms at the same time, so they can be delivered by the Cross River Rail contractor.”
Queensland will be "going it alone" with funding the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project after the Coalition failed to provide any help in the federal budget.
Federal Labor promised to give $2.24 billion if they won government, but that went up in smoke with Saturday’s electoral bloodbath.
But Treasurer Jackie Trad said Queensland had not included the $2.24 billion promised by federal Labor in the 2019-20 Queensland budget for the Cross River Rail project.
"No. We do not develop budgets based on hypotheticals," Ms Trad said.
This article first appeared on www.brisbanetimes.com.au
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