Central railway station, Brisbane
Ann Street entrance to the station
|Address||Cnr Edward & Ann St, Brisbane|
|Platforms||3 island platforms|
|Station code||600018 (platform 1)
600017 (platform 2)
600016 (platform 3)
600020 (platform 4)
600019 (platform 5)
600024 (platform 6)
|Owned by||Queensland Rail|
Central is, as the name suggests, the central railway station for the Queensland Rail City network in the Brisbane central business district, the state capital of Queensland, Australia. A major interchange for train services on the City network, Central is located in Zone 1 of the TransLink integrated public transport system.
The first building for Central railway station was a structure of wood and corrugated galvanised iron, and opened on 18 August 1889 as a terminus of the line after Roma Street railway station. In 1891 the tunnel to Brunswick Street railway station (now Fortitude Valley railway station) was opened so trains could run directly from Central to northern destinations.
In 1904, Central had the only electro-pneumatic system in Australia for changing points and signals.
A new entrance with its distinctive row of clocks was constructed in 1901 in sandstone from nearby quarries. Anne 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.
Redevelopment of the station began in 1968 and 1970 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.
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.
There is elevator access to Central Station from Ann Street opposite the Shrine of Remembrance, and from Wickham Terrace on the northern corner of the complex. There are also escalators to Central Station from ANZAC Square Arcade, next to ANZAC Square.
The Central Station complex houses a McDonald's restaurant, newsagents, cafes, a men's hairdresser, and a QR Travel Centre. The station has a maximum passenger capacity of 43,000 people in any two-hour period.
Services by platform
Central railway station serves all suburban and interurban lines. The platforms at Central are numbered from 1 to 6, with 1 being the easternmost platform and 6 the westernmost. Services typically use platforms in a predictable fashion, however during peak periods, some services may use different platforms from those listed below:
|Platform||Line||Stopping Pattern||Notes and Comments|
|1 / 2||Beenleigh Line||All stations and peak-hour limited stops services to Kuraby, Kingston and Beenleigh|
|Gold Coast Line||Intercity express services to Varsity Lakes|
|Cleveland Line||All stations and peak-hour limited stop services to Manly, Thorneside and Cleveland|
|3 / 4||Ferny Grove Line||All stations and peak-hour limited stops services to Mitchelton and Ferny Grove|
|Airport Line||Airtrain service to Brisbane Airport|
|Nambour and Gympie North Line||Intercity express services to Gympie North|
|Doomben Line||All stations services to Doomben|
|Shorncliffe Line||All stations and peak-hour limited stop services to Shorncliffe|
|Exhibition Line||Special event services to the Exhibition (Anti-clockwise direction)|
|5||Ipswich and Rosewood Line||All stations and peak-hour limited stops services to Ipswich and Rosewood*||* Limited Peak-hour through services to Rosewood. Most Rosewood services require a change of trains at Ipswich|
|Springfield Line||All stations services to Richlands|
|Exhibition Line||Special event services to the Exhibition (Clockwise direction)|
|6||Caboolture Line||All stations and peak-hour limited stop services to Petrie and Caboolture||* Counter-peak and some weekend services to Nambour require a change of trains at Caboolture.|
|Nambour and Gympie North Line||Intercity express services to Nambour*|
|Exhibition Line||Special event services to the Exhibition (Anti-clockwise)|
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