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THE long campaign for major upgrades to Cannon Hill train station has won a $15.9 million pledge from Labor if re-elected.
State Labor MP for Bulimba Di Farmer announced the election promise late last week as part of Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s plan to improve accessibility at six train stations throughout southeast Queensland.
Ms Farmer said while the full scope of the works for the Cannon Hill station upgrade would be finalised during detailed design work, accessibility upgrades typically included new footbridges with lifts, raised platform sections providing improved assisted boarding points and a range of other accessibility features such as hearing aid loops, signage and tactile flooring surfaces.
“This is a big win for the growing community of Cannon Hill,” Ms Farmer said.
“It will mean all passengers will be able to use the station without barriers, including customers with disabilities, the elderly, parents with prams, people with injuries and even those simply carrying luggage.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for Transport Jackie Trad said the upgrades were critical for the rail network.
“As southeast Queensland’s population continues to grow, Labor is committed to improving the accessibility of Citytrain stations to ensure all passengers have equal access to rail services,” Ms Trad said.
“We know how important a reliable and efficient public transport network is to commuters and we have been listening.”
She said the additional six station upgrades were a win for commuters and the local construction industry.
In June 2016 the State Government announced a $5 million project to upgrade carparks at the Cannon Hill and Murarrie train stations.
Construction of a new carpark at Cannon Hill is due to begin after the Murarrie works, expected to be completed early next year.
This article first appeared on www.couriermail.com.au
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