Transport Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the $10 million project would restore and preserve the historic rail landmark, including structural maintenance, improving access for people with a disability and upgrading general station facilities.
“This is an important piece of Queensland history,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“The station was a vital commercial centre during the late 19th and early 20th centuries and was used as a major terminal until 1986.
“South Brisbane was a popular stop for trams in their day, and a tram stop was located right outside the main entrance of the building.
“The masonry work and platform furniture are found at only three other stations built by 1901.
“All these heritage elements demonstrate the importance of restoring and preserving this station as part of Brisbane’s history for generations to come.”
Ms Palaszczuk said most of the work would be carried out during the closure, with some ongoing works including brick restoration to take place next year while the station remained open.
“During the six week closure from October 31, they’ll be doing the major work that would otherwise impact normal station operations to ensure the historic integrity of this inner-city landmark,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“As someone who worked in the station during Expo ’88, I’m pleased the pink paint is being removed and the historic red brick being revitalised.
“The external plaza area will also get a facelift with new landscaping, modern facilities, improved paving and a new Kiss and Ride facility to improve pedestrian safety at the front of the station.”
“Train services will still travel through the station between Monday October 31 and Friday December 9 but will not stop there,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“During the closure, people can go to South Bank station and use regular bus services on the nearby South East Busway at the Cultural Centre and South Bank busway stations.
“Queensland Rail will also supplement the existing services with a shuttle bus service between South Brisbane and South Bank stations, with an optional stop at the Queensland Art Gallery.
“Or, if you want some exercise, you can also stop at Roma Street and walk across the Kurilpa Bridge which links South Brisbane to Tank Street.”
The station is entered permanently in the Queensland Heritage Register.
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