An elegant new station was constructed and opened in 1899 with arches of corrugated galvanised iron over the platforms and a portico on Ann Street. A new entrance with its distinctive row of clocks was constructed in 1901 in sandstone from nearby quarries. In 1904, Central had the only electro-pneumatic system in Australia for changing points and signals.
The station had two through and two bay platforms. In 1909, the bay platforms were converted to through platforms.
Ann Street was widened in 1954 for the construction of government offices which required the portico to be demolished. The vaulted roof was removed in 1966 and replaced by awnings over each platform.
Between 1968 and 1970, the station was redeveloped with office towers built over the platforms at the Edward Street end, involving the demolition of the 1901 entrance buildings and the construction of a modern pedestrian retail concourse behind the old station buildings.
Further redevelopment in the 1980s saw the Sheraton Hotel towers (now Sofitel Brisbane) built over the remaining platforms.
In 1996, four new tunnels were constructed between Central and Brunswick Street (now Fortitude Valley) and Roma Street stations, with two new platforms added to Central to increase capacity, especially with new services commencing on the rebuilt Gold Coast line.
Central railway station is located at the northern end of the Brisbane central business district on Ann Street, directly opposite Anzac Square. Pedestrian access is available from the main entrance at the corner of Ann and Edward Streets, the pedestrian subway connecting Anzac Square with Upper Edward Street and from the corner of Ann Street and Creek Street. Lesser used access points are located off Wickham Terrace and from Edward Street via the courtyard of the Railway Centre.
Stops all city stations, then express from Bowen Hills to Caboolture, then stopping all stations from Caboolture to Gympie North.
All stations services to Doomben
All stations services to Shorncliffe
Special event services to the Exhibition (Anti-clockwise direction)
Ipswich and Rosewood Line
All stations and peak-hour limited stops services to Ipswich and Rosewood*
* Rosewood services require a change of trains at Ipswich. A limited number of peak period services continue through Ipswich.
All stations services to Springfield Central
Special event services to the Exhibition (Clockwise direction)
All stations and peak-hour limited stop services to Petrie and Caboolture
Nambour and Gympie North Line
Intercity limited stop express services to Nambour*
All stations to Northgate, then express stopping only at Petrie, Caboolture, then all stations to Nambour
* Counter-peak and selected weekend services to Nambour require a change of train at Caboolture
Special event services to the Exhibition (Anti-clockwise)