Temporary closure of Ann Street as Central train station upgrades escalate

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Queensland Rail is advising motorists that part of Ann Street in the Brisbane Central Business District (CBD) will be closed this weekend (13-14 November) while two new escalators are craned into Central station, to replace their near 40-year-old predecessors.

Queensland Rail Head of South East Queensland Scott Riedel said Ann Street, between Edward and Creek Streets, would be closed for up to 48 hours from midnight Friday night to midnight Sunday night.

“This is to allow a 320-tonne crane to safely install a set of new escalators at Central station, following the recent successful removal of the old set,” Mr Riedel said.

“The new escalators will boost reliability at our busiest hub and with 30,000 people using Central station every day, it’s important there are modern, safe and reliable facilities in place.

“Traffic management will be on site and directing motorists around the closure.”

Mr Riedel said the new escalators were part of a range of Queensland Rail upgrades taking place during the planned track closure.

“The road closure will coincide with a major scheduled track closure for vital upgrades and rail maintenance, with track closures in place from Bowen Hills and Roma Street to Lindum, Corinda and Yeerongpilly,” he said.

“More than 200 workers and 50 machines will be working day and night through the weekend to ensure our network is safe, reliable, and back up and running for business as usual on Monday. 

‘The various crews will be completing platform raising at Auchenflower and platform and signalling works at Cannon Hill as part of the station accessibility upgrades, overhead power works at Roma Street and Central and general track maintenance across a range of lines, while Cross River Rail will be at work on the Beenleigh line and the inner-city. 

“Rail replacement buses will run to ensure people can still get where they need to go, however we do encourage customers to plan ahead and allow additional travel time.

“Due to the temporary closure of Ann Street rail replacement buses will drop off customers at Adelaide Street, between Edward Street and Post Office Square.

“We understand this is an inconvenience to our customers and thank them for their patience as we carry out this essential work to improve our network.”

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