The $39 million Dakabin train station upgrade was announced in 2017, and is on track to provide more parking, better accessibility, and security upgrades at the station.
Dakabin Crossing is only 450m away from Dakabin Station and will highly benefit from the station upgrade. The first preliminary works commenced in March 2019, and the project is expected to be fully completed in 2020.
The station upgrade has been designed to achieve independent accessibility, meaning that the platforms can be accessed independently via paths, ramps or lifts, without the need to use stairs – thereby enhancing pedestrian flow and better catering for people with disabilities, the elderly or families with prams.
Presently, access between the station’s two platforms is only possible via stairs accessing the pedestrian bridge over the rail line, meaning those with disabilities and parents with prams have to make an approximate 700m journey, on the edge of the road, to access the next platform.
Improvements also include an assisted boarding point, new wayfinding and platform signage, and upgraded security cameras and lighting.
The changing needs of the Dakabin community
Ten years ago, the then Pine Rivers Shire Council released a document foreseeing the growth of the Dakabin area, with thousands of townhouses and unit complexes being built in several new estates, including Dakabin Crossing.
2014 saw the opening of Plantation Road, which now provides a direct link between North Lakes and Dakabin Station. Since the opening of this major road, the number of cars parked at Dakabin Station has doubled.
Before Plantation Road opened, Dakabin averaged 200-250 cars and since its opening, the highest as of May 2019 has been 525 cars.
In 2016, Dakabin Station Action Group provided Transport Minister, Stirling Hinchcliffe with a report of Dakabin Station.
A suggestion was made by Minister Hinchcliffe and the Premiers’ team to use the adjacent station, Petrie Station, instead of Dakabin Station – which didn’t go down well with the Dakabin Station Action Group.
As Petrie Station is a 15-minute drive from Dakabin Station, and has its own fair share of problems, the push to upgrade Dakabin Station begun when the Dakabin Station Action Group lodged their formal submission in response to the Dakabin Station Analysis Report from the TMR.
Dakabin Station Action Group believed that the report didn’t convey the severity and seriousness of the situation at Dakabin Station. Some months later, the announcement of the $30 million upgrade to Dakabin Station was made. In June 2019, the Government increased the funding to $39 million to ensure ample parking and a bus interchange are included.
Murrumba MP, Steven Miles, said at the time that the upgrade would be welcome news for the Dakabin community, and that the funds would make Dakabin “a modern, functional, accessible station,” for the approximately 7,339 customers and 650 services using it each week.
Member for Kallangur Shane King said the project was a win for the community, and will “provide more customers with easier, seamless access to rail services and boost the local economy,” with around 250 jobs for Queenslanders in the construction industry during the project.
Upgrade plans for Dakabin Station
The project will include a new footbridge with lifts, raising platform sections to provide easier access on and off the train, and a range of other accessibility features, such as hearing aid loops.
There will also be increased parking for customers, new bus infrastructure and interchange, and improved security features, such as upgraded lighting and CCTV.
Artist impressions of the Dakabin train station upgrade were released in May 2018 and Queensland Rail invited the community to provide comment on the concept designs.
Later in the year, Queensland Rail released the Concept Designs for the Dakabin Station upgrade.
The upgrade of Dakabin Station is part of the Queensland Rail Station Accessibility Upgrade Program, which focuses on providing greater accessibility to rail services.
For updates on the Dakabin Station upgrade, closures and works notices, visit the Queensland Rail’s project page.