Central station upgrade

​Concept design (subject to change) 

Queensland Rail has been working to upgrade the facilities at Central station, making them more reliable for customers.

Works completed to date include the refurbishment of back-of-house facilities (with new offices, first aid area and customer communication facilities), as well as the replacement of lifts on platforms 1-4. Other improvements include new lighting, fans, cladding, painting and the replacement of roof sheeting above the outer concourse.

The escalators between the outer concourse and Anzac Square Arcade were taken out of service on 1 October 2021 for approximately four months while both escalators are replaced. The upgrade will improve the safety and reliability of these facilities for our customers.

On the weekends of 30/31 October and 13/14 November, large craning activities were carried out to remove the existing escalators and lift in the new escalators. Works will continue into early 2022, while the new motor room is established, the escalators are fitted out and connected, and upgrades are completed on the surrounding surfaces. 

The station will remain operational throughout works. Customers may notice temporary changes to pedestrian access through the station precinct and construction noise associated with the operation of heavy machinery and hand-held tools.

The next phase of work will involve upgrading the station's outer concourse lift (Ann Street) and the lift on platform 5/6.  


  • Project update (escalator upgrade) - November 2021  PDF
  • Project update (escalator upgrade) - September 2021  PDF
  • Works notice (lift replacement) - November 2020  PDF


  • Phone: 1800 401 944 (free call, business hours)
  • Email: centralstation@qr.com.au
  • Mail:
    Central station upgrade program
    Queensland Rail
    PO Box 1429
    Brisbane QLD 4001