Happening Soon! Banyo Railway Station Upgrades

Banyo Station will soon undergo a multi-million-dollar upgrade to improve accessibility and overall customer experience. 

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The accessibility upgrades will feature a range of improvements, including a new additional pedestrian footbridge with lift access; full-length raised platforms and extended platform shelters; and upgraded hearing loops and tactile platform surfaces.

Locals can also expect upgraded security cameras and lighting throughout the station as well as new wayfinding and platform signage.

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Platform view (Photo credit: Queensland Rail)

Aside from Banyo Station, Bundamba Station will also undergo some upgrades. Queensland Rail has released the final designs for both stations, encouraging feedback from the local community via an online survey from Monday 14 February to 5:00 p.m. Friday 25 February 2022. 

The works are part of the Queensland Government’s $500 million investment in the Station Accessibility Upgrade program across South East Queensland, which seeks to improve the customer experience and accessibility for all customers on the network.

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Aerial view (Photo credit: Queensland Rail)

The Station Accessibility Upgrade Program by Queensland Rail focused on upgrading stations and facilities in the State to provide a service that is accessible, easy to get to, and easy to use.

Queensland Rail said these upgrades will significantly improve access for all customers, particularly people with disability, older people, people traveling with prams or luggage, and people recovering from injury.

“We are progressively upgrading stations across the South East Queensland rail network to make them accessible for all customers,” said Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey.

“These important upgrades make a big difference in the lives of locals who rely on public transport to get around and I’m pleased to see this next stage of the upgrade get underway,” Mr Bailey added.

Member for Nudgee Leanne Linard was pleased to share artist impressions for Banyo station with her community, which for the first time provided a glimpse into how the project will transform the existing station. 

“This upgrade is welcomed by my community who have pushed for these improvements for a long time,” Ms Linard said in a media release.

“The benefits this will deliver will reach far and wide for all those who rely on public transport on a regular basis,” Ms Linard said.

Shorncliffe Line Soon To Have Extra Train Services

The Shorncliffe line will have extra 12 train services per week out of the 430 extra weekly train services to be introduced across the South East Queensland network beginning 29 July 2019.

As announced by Queensland Rail, a total of 430 extra weekly train services across SEQ will be added, 85 of which will run in peak times and 142 will run on a Friday. 

There will also be an upgrade of 59 existing services from three-carriages to six-carriages which equates to 200,000 extra seats per week. The extra services will add to the 32 weekly peak time services introduced last May 2019 and the 193 three-carriage upgrades, as well as the 46,000 extra seats added last December 2018.

The introduction of extra train services from 29 July, will restore the 8,290 services per week that was promised with the Redcliffe Peninsula Line opening, increasing current service levels by 5.5 percent.

Additional services to the Shorncliffe line:

Departure stationDeparture timeArrival stationArrival timeDays services are added to
Central9.13amShorncliffe9.50amMonday to Thursday
Central5.58pmShorncliffe6.35pmFriday (peak)
Shorncliffe6.09amCentral6.46amMonday to Thursday (peak)
430 extra weekly train services | Video Credit: Queensland Rail / YouTube

To keep the Monday to Friday timetable consistent, a couple of changes to the service origins and departures will be implemented: 

  • Shorncliffe service departing Central at 6.43am will depart Sandgate at 7.18am and arrive at Shorncliffe at 7.20am consistently Monday to Friday. 
  • Friday service departing Shorncliffe at 7.28pm will now depart at a consistent time Monday to Thursday which is four minutes earlier at 7.24pm.​  

“Delivering a new timetable is a complex task which requires the consideration of a range of interconnected logistics beyond the availability of traincrew, including the planning, stabling and maintenance of trains, rostering and daily train movements,” Queensland Rail’s CEO Nick Easy said.

“More trains running across the network is naturally more challenging to operate, and as the implementation of these changes approaches in the coming weeks our teams will be 100 percent focused on ensuring we transition to these changes reliably.

“We hope these improvements can make a real difference to our customer’s schedules each week, providing more frequent services and more options for our customers to get to and from their commitments sooner,” Mr Easy said.

More Seats To Be Available for Northgate QR Patrons During Peak Hours

Queensland Rail will add 32 weekly services to Shorncliffe, Redcliffe Peninsula, and five other lines during peak times, which means an additional 14,000 seats for customers in Northgate and across SEQ.

Beginning 13 May 2019, customers of Queensland Rail in South East Queensland can expect less waiting time as extra train services will be added Shorncliffe, Cleveland, Redcliffe Peninsula, Ferny Grove, Springfield, Gold Coast and Airport lines.

The initiative was Queensland Rail’s response to widespread customer feedback. After analyzing patronage data, wait times, and operational efficiencies, 32 priority weekly services were identified which will be added during morning and afternoon peak hours.

​Monday to Friday additions

Line ​Departing station ​Departure time ​Arrival station​Arrival time
​Redcliffe Peninsula ​Kippa-Ring station7.10am ​Central station8.05am
​Cleveland​Cleveland station
6.39am ​Central station7.34am
​ClevelandCentral station5.09pm Cleveland station6.05pm

​Monday to Thursday additions to the services already running on a Friday

Line ​Departing station ​Departure time ​Arrival station​Arrival time
​Springfield​Springfield Central station6.51am ​Central station7.32am
Shorncliffe ​Shorncliffe station
7.39am ​Central station8.16am
Shorncliffe Central station6.58am Shorncliffe station7.35am

​Friday additions to the services already running Monday to Thursday

Line ​Departing station ​Departure time ​Arrival station​Arrival time
​Ferny Grove​Ferny Grove station7.25am ​Central station ​7.56am
​Gold Coast​Varsity Lakes station5.55am ​Central station ​7.14am
Airport Central station7.16am ​Domestic Airport station7.40am
Airport ​Domestic Airport station7.49am ​Central station8.13am
​ClevelandCentral station5.32pm Cleveland station6.35pm

The additional weekly train services was announced ahead of timetable improvements planned this 2019. These changes will be available in the TransLink Journey Planner website beginning mid-April.