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Consultation has begun on the redesign of Exhibition station in Brisbane, part of Queensland’s Cross River Rail Project.
The renovation of the station will see the station equipped to handle year round services, once the Cross River Rail project is completed. Currently, the station is normally only used during the Ekka show, held each August.
The redevelopment of Exhibition station and the surrounding precinct will involve a new 165 metre long island platform and canopy, as well as accessibility upgrades. Connections between the station and the surrounding area are also part of the upgrade.
Acting Minister for Cross River Rail Grace Grace, highlighted that the station will service surrounding institutions and growing suburbs in Brisbane’s north.
“Cross River Rail will deliver a new station at the RNA Showgrounds, providing year-round rail services for both the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, as well as the growing King Street lifestyle precinct,” she said.
Grace noted that the station’s redesign will allow for more frequent services.
“It will be open all year round for the growing number of residents, workers and visitors, who will benefit from the kind of ‘turn up and go’ public transport that Cross River Rail is designed to make possible.”
The new station will be served by a new fleet of dedicated rollingstock, and the Queensland government hopes that it will enable greater mode share by passenger rail in Brisbane.
“Travel to and from the four new underground Cross River Rail stations will be a matter of minutes, making access to one of Brisbane’s fastest growing inner-city suburbs easier than ever before,” said Grace.
“The construction of Cross River Rail will revolutionise our city, cutting down on travel times, taking thousands of cars off our roads and making access to Brisbane’s fastest growing inner-city suburb easier than ever before.”
Consultation is open until February 7.
This article first appeared on www.railexpress.com.au
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