Six reasons why moving the Loganlea train station will be a game changer for Logan
The State and Federal governments this week announced new funding of $95 million to move the Loganlea train station, but why?
The station will move 350 metres east, closer to the entrance of Logan Hospital, benefiting not only the Meadowbrook and Loganlea areas, but the wider City of Logan and even South-East Queensland.
More train services for the Beenleigh and Gold Coast lines
The current Loganlea station is on a bend in the line. Queensland Rail can’t actually add more services to the Beenleigh and Gold Coast lines as there is currently no room to do so. As Loganlea station is one of the few stations that express services stop at, it’s one of the busiest in Logan and on the line. Moving the station will bring more trains, especially once Cross River Rail is operational.
It will save money for the community
The State Government committed $24 million over the next few years to upgrade the station to meet the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992. Council didn’t want these funds to be spent unnecessarily if the station was going to move eventually anyway. These funds are being reallocated to the relocation project.
It will be easier to get to the Logan Hospital
Logan Hospital’s emergency department is one of the busiest in Queensland, while demand for maternity services has increased 44 per cent in the past five years. The State Government is about to invest $461 million in a major upgrade for the hospital to meet demand. Having the station at the “front door” of the hospital will make it easier for doctors, nurses, and other staff to get to work, and patients and visitors will be closer to the services they need. It also leads into…
Parking was one of the key issues raised at Logan City Council’s Meadowbrook Summit in September 2018. Improved and increased parking facilities will be included in the final designs for the new station precinct.
Better access to education
Students attending the Metro South TAFE (Logan Campus) will also have the station at their front door, making it easier for their travel to and from classes and study. It will also make it easier for students attending Loganlea State High School to connect with the TAFE.
Jobs and business opportunities
The expansion of Logan Hospital, along with the new and upgraded station, and sufficient parking, will improve development opportunities in the Meadowbrook and Loganlea areas. Council is already fielding enquiries from people wanting to invest in the area. This will bring new jobs to the city and improve our economy.
A modern, accessible and connected station is critical to the future growth of Meadowbrook and for the liveability of the area. We can’t wait to see this project come to fruition.