Ipswich commuters and residents are being invited to have their say on concept designs for a new East Ipswich train station.
Two information sessions will take place at East Ipswich station from 6am – 8:30am on Thursday, May 23 and Monday, May 27.
Member for Ipswich Jennifer Howard said artist impressions of the new station would be available to view at the sessions, with the local community and commuters invited to share their feedback ahead of detailed design work.
“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to providing accessible public transport for all Queenslanders to ensure that everyone, including customers using mobility aids, seniors and people with prams and luggage, can travel safely and with ease,” Ms Howard said.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said it was part of the Palaszczuk Government’s $357 million Station Accessibility Upgrade Program.
“This major project will deliver an entirely new station precinct, with a range of accessibility features including a footbridge with lifts, high level platforms to provide easier access on and off the train, hearing loops and tactile platform edges,” Mr Bailey said.
“The project will also include a new ticket office, accessible toilets and improved security features, such as upgraded lighting and CCTV.”
Due to the location and condition of the existing East Ipswich station building, upgrading the station presented major difficulties and high costs for remediation works. With this and other factors in mind, Queensland Rail will construct a new station 120metres east of the existing facilities.
Ms Howard said community feedback would help to inform the station’s final design.
“This project is an important investment for the East Ipswich community and we want to ensure that residents and customers can help shape the proposed designs before we enter the detailed design and construction phases.