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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Premier and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Peter Beattie
    Minister for Transport and Main Roads
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    BRUNSWICK STREET STATION UPGRADE UNDERWAY

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Peter Beattie

    Minister for Transport and Main Roads
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Thursday, July 05, 2007

    BRUNSWICK STREET STATION UPGRADE UNDERWAY

    The upgrade of the Brunswick Street Station has begun and is expected to be completed on time by December 2008, Premier Peter Beattie said today.

    "QR has begun construction at the station and has also established an information booth for customers at the station for further information," Mr Beattie said.

    "Work started includes laying of foundations to provide construction access throughout the project, the erection of an emergency escape bridge, the demolition of a wall and the construction of a new ramp at the at the end of platforms 3 and 4.”

    “Also commenced is preparatory work on rail infrastructure including relocation of signals and communications and modification of overhead wiring.”

    Coming up on the weekend of the 7th and 8th of July a closure of the track adjacent to Platform 1 will occur for further erection of structural steel and panelling of the emergency escape bridge.

    This will be followed by the erection of a stair structure in the week beginning the 9th of July.

    Minister for Transport and Main Roads Paul Lucas said the marketing campaign informing passengers of the changes to services and the impact of platform closures will begin next week, with platform 3 and 4 expected to close on 14 July 2007 until March 2008.

    "This is a highly complex construction project and unfortunately there will be some unavoidable disruption for customers," Mr Lucas said.

    "However this is the third busiest station on the Citytrain network and it cannot be completely closed to traffic.”

    "I am confident that the end result will be worth the inconvenience as this is an upgrade that has been needed for a long time."

    The construction process will be around 18 months because the construction activities have to be planned around the continuing operations of the station.

    When completed the redeveloped Brunswick Street railway station will include a lift, escalator and stairway to each platform from the concourse at the retail level of the Valley Metro Centre, a ceiling throughout the platforms, brighter lighting, new seating and improved directional and customer information signage.

    For further information about the project visit the information booth at Brunswick Street Station or phone 1800 643 443.

    Also available is a project update at www.citytrain.com.au/brunswickstreet/, which provides latest progress on the station upgrade by the Project Manager.

    QR and TransLink will announce changes to rail services prior to construction commencing.

    For further information on changes to services rail passengers should visit www.translink.com.au, or phone 13 12 30.

    Media contact: 3224 4500 or 3237 1942 (Minister Lucas' office)