FROM JOAN PEASE MP
The Palaszczuk Government is kicking off a number of projects to improve pedestrian and commuter safety around Manly station.
Member for Lytton Joan Pease said the projects will upgrade the western station car park to include two new pedestrian crossings, new footpaths and better lighting, plus build a new secure bike enclosure.
“These upgrades will improve safety for pedestrians and commuters, and that’s why the Palaszczuk Government has made them a priority,” Ms Pease said.
“Manly station is in close proximity to Manly State School and the safety of all our customers, especially local schools kids, is paramount.
“I’ve been out talking to the community about what it wants to see at Manly station, and these upgrades are in direct response to the feedback I’ve been getting.
“Works are underway, with construction on the new bike enclosure expected to take approximately six weeks, becoming fully operational in late-October.
“The new bicycle enclosure has room for up to 40 bikes, will be secured with fob access, have around-the-clock security cameras to ensure customer and bicycle safety and be constructed with steel mesh, to allow for increased surveillance of the enclosure.
“This is part of a rolling program being delivered by the Palaszczuk Government, with the aim to increase bicycle accommodation across the South-East Queensland rail network.
“And we know that’s more important than ever with a trial underway allowing bikes and e-scooters onto peak hour trains.
“The first month of that trial saw more than 23,000 passengers take bikes and e-scooters onto peak hour trains, so clearly there is a demand for more active transport options around existing rail services.”
Ms Pease said construction of the pedestrian works in the carpark commenced on Tuesday 14 September, and would take up to eight weeks, during which parts of the car park would be closed at different stages of construction.
“We understand this is an inconvenience for commuters so temporary additional full day parking will be made available on the eastern side of the station (from Yamboyna Street) in the drop-off parking area,” she said.
“Safety is our number one priority, which is why the Palaszczuk Government continues to invest in upgrades and innovative solutions to improve pedestrian safety at stations.”
The installation of an additional pedestrian crossing at the Yamboyna Street entrance was completed last year.