Transport and Main Roads will begin the platform upgrades at the Doomben Station in Ascot using a new design and methodology developed specifically for Queensland Rail. Work to be carried out will entail raising the platform but it will be a quick process and will not require the isolation of overhead powerlines.
Commuters frequenting the Doomben Station, however, are advised to be on the lookout as the majority of the civil works will be underway from 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, 10 April 2021, to 6:30 a.m. on Monday, 12 April 2021. Minor works will then be carried out in the following weeks but will not disrupt the railway’s operations.
Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said that the new modular system will bring “reduced maintenance costs” and a “longer lifespan” to the facilities at the Doomben Station. This project is part of the $50 billion infrastructure guarantee of the State Government and will support 14 jobs and businesses like Virginia Sheet Metal (VSM), Austact Civil, Customised Traffic Management (CTM), Secure Corp and Blackbox.
“This is great news for commuters and people who use Doomben station to visit the race track, especially for our older travellers, parents with prams and locals who use mobility aids like wheelchairs,” Mr Bailey said.
“It’s also great news for these businesses, who are just some of the hundreds getting involved in upgrades like this and major projects like the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail, supporting jobs as we recover from COVID-19.
“Making Doomben more accessible adds to new stations being built in the heart of Brisbane as part of Cross River Rail, making it more accessible for local commuters to get to their destination.”
The Doomben Station is vital to racegoers and commuters traveling to Ascot, Hendra, Clayfield, Wooloowin, Albion, Bowen Hills and the CBD.