Brisbane Central platforms, lifts and escalators to be upgraded

Brisbane Central platforms, lifts and escalators to be upgraded

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On Tuesday, Queensland Rail chief executive Nick Easy said a contract for the work would be filled soon and work would begin “late 2019”.


“The major escalators connecting Central to the Anzac Square Arcade will be the first to be replaced,” Mr Easy said.

“This work is expected to start in early 2020.

“The replacement of lifts to platforms one to four will start later this year too.”

Additional escalators will go down to platforms three and four.

Mr Easy said the escalator and lift replacements would continue through 2020 and 2021 and the complete project would be finished in 2023.

Overhead equipment over platforms one to four will be replaced before these platforms are raised to meet disability access standards, he said.

Mr Easy acknowledged the staged upgrade would take longer than initially predicted.

“Every train service on our network passes through this location every day,” he said.

“More than 21 million customers move through Central Station each year, so upgrades to lifts, escalators and platforms needs to be carefully sequenced and planned.”

Mr Easy said some work had been completed before last year’s Commonwealth Games.

Artists’ impression of Brisbane Central station’s $65 million upgrade.

“The station’s back-of-house facilities were upgraded in 2017 and we refurbished the station’s concourse and platforms in 2018 including the replacement of roof sheeting, column cladding, new lighting and fans and painting,” he said.

“The upgrade program was put on hold in 2018 ahead of the Commonwealth Games to ensure the station was fully operational for the event.

“Since then, we’ve revised the delivery strategy for the remaining works to minimise disruption to commuters and services as much as possible.”

No final decision had been made on proposed changes to Central Station’s heritage building on Ann Street, which includes the clock tower.

“We’ve also revisited plans to change the roofing and facade on the outer concourse of Central Station that were shown in the project’s initial artist impressions,” Mr Easy said.

“Given the importance of the station’s heritage building and clock tower, external changes to Central Station’s facade will need to be considered in accordance with future planning and development activities for this area of the city.”

Central Station: what work is planned and when

In late 2019

  • Replacement of lifts to platforms 1-4 begins

From early 2020

  • Replacement of outer concourse escalators


  • Overhead line equipment replacement on platforms 1-4
  • Replacement of lift to platforms 5 and 6 and outer concourse lift to Ann St

Late 2020

  • Replacement of escalators on platforms 5 and 6

Early 2021

  • Beginning of early platform upgrade works

Early 2022

  • Platform upgrade design finalised
  • Start of main platform upgrade works

Early 2023

  • Replacement of escalators to platforms 1 to 4 and installation of an extra escalator to platforms 3 and 4

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