Central railway station, Brisbane facts for kids
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Ann Street entrance in June 2020
|Address||Corner Ann & Edward Streets, Brisbane|
|Structure||Underground (Partly Sub-Terrain)|
|Platforms||6 (3 islands)|
|Opened||18 August 1889|
|Owned by||Queensland Rail|
|Fare zone||go card 1|
The first building for Central railway station was a structure of wood and corrugated galvanised iron, and opened on 18 August 1889 as the terminus of the line when it was extended from Roma Street railway station. In 1891, the tunnel to Brunswick Street station (now Fortitude Valley) was opened so trains could run directly from Central to northern destinations.
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.
As part of the quadruplication of the line from Roma Street station to Bowen Hills, Platforms 5 and 6 opened on 11 June 1996.
In early 2017, a major upgrade to the station commenced.
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.
Central station is served by all suburban and interurban City network lines. Also see Inner City timetable.
|1 & 2||Beenleigh||All stations services to Coopers Plains, Kuraby & Beenleigh|
|Gold Coast||All stations to Park Road, then Altandi, Loganlea, Beenleigh and all stations to
|Cleveland||All stations & peak-hour limited stop services to Cannon Hill, Manly & Cleveland|
|3 & 4||Ferny Grove||All stations services to Ferny Grove|
|Airport||Airtrain Citylink service to Brisbane Airport|
|Sunshine Coast||Intercity express services calling all stations to Bowen Hills then Caboolture
only stopping at Northgate and Petrie then all stations to Gympie North
|Doomben||All stations services to Doomben|
|Shorncliffe||All stations services to Shorncliffe|
|Exhibition||Special event services to Exhibition (Anti-clockwise direction)|
|5||Ipswich & Rosewood||All stations & peak-hour limited stops services to Ipswich & Rosewood|
|Springfield||All stations services to Springfield Central|
|Exhibition||Special event services to Exhibition (Clockwise direction)|
|6||Caboolture||All stations & peak-hour limited stop services to Petrie & Caboolture|
|Sunshine Coast||Intercity limited stop express services calling at all stations to Northgate, then
Petrie, Caboolture and all stations to Nambour
|Redcliffe Peninsula||Intercity limited stop express services calling at all stations to Bowen Hills then runs express to Northgate only stopping at Eagle Junction then all stations to Kippa-Ring|
|Exhibition||Special event services to Exhibition (Anti-clockwise)|
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