The latest updates for Queenslanders with low or no vision

We receive regular advice from government departments, local councils and transport bodies about changes and outages that affect members of the  community who have low or no vision. This page will be updated as we receive any new information affecting those with low or no vision across the state, and to share some of the latest updates from Guide Dogs Queensland of interest to our clients.

To find out more about the services we offer or how we may be able to assist you, click here or call us today on 1800 810 122.

Queensland Rail planned track closure information – May

Buses will replace trains in both directions from:

Albion and Bowen Hills to Corinda, Yeerongpilly and Murarrie, from approximately 2am Saturday 19 until the last train on Sunday 20 May.

Mitchelton to Ferny Grove, from approximately 9.30pm until the last train on Wednesday 23 May.

Petrie to Caboolture, from approximately 9.30pm until the last train each night on Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 May.

Update received from Queensland Rail 9/5/2018

Supporter Event – Guiding Workshop and Picnic

Please note – this information has been supplied by the Achilles Club – Guide Dogs Queensland is not the organiser.

Achilles Brisbane is a walking, jogging and exercise group guiding people with low or no vision.

The club is run through Facebook and there is a guide and athlete workshop coming up this month-

Guiding workshop and picnic

20th of May

3pm-4pm

New Farm – just near the New Farm ferry terminal, close to the end of the road cafe.

Gold coin donation for food supply on the day.

Wear – active wear.

Achilles would like to invite all the guide dog trainers, employees and vision impaired members with their guide dogs.

This is bridging a gap to allow everyone to enjoy exercise.  Guides will learn important guiding skills to help guide blind athletes.

Achilles’ Facebook group – https://m.facebook.com/groups/1469730153051616

This event is organised by the Achilles Club – for further information please contact the group directly.

Queensland Rail planned track closures – May

Please find following planned track closure information, for distribution through member networks.

Sherwood to Rosewood and Springfield Central from approximately 2am Saturday 5 until the last train on Sunday 6 May

Ipswich to Rosewood from approximately 2am until the last train on Monday 7 May

Murarrie to Cleveland from approximately 9.30pm until the last train each night on:

  • Tuesday 8 May
  • Wednesday 9 May

Albion and Bowen Hills to Milton and Park Road from approximately 10.15pm until the last train each night on:

  • Tuesday 15 May
  • Wednesday 16 May

Update received from Queensland Rail 20/4/2018

Temporary changes to access – Bowen Hills station

Queensland Rail is revitalising the entrance to Bowen Hills station by providing a covered waiting area and new walkway from Abbotsford Road.

For the safety of customers and the public, access to Bowen Hills station via Abbotsford Road (southern footbridge, with lift access) will be temporarily unavailable for approximately four weeks, weather and construction conditions permitting.

The Hudd Street side of the southern footbridge and the northern footbridge (stair only access) will remain open. A temporary set down area will be in place at the Hudd Street entrance for customer pick up and drop off.

Customers requiring assistance with access, please speak with station staff or contact Queensland Rail on the numbers below so that we can assist you with a tailored access plan for the duration of the works.

Update received from Queensland Rail 24/4/2018

Central Station / ANZAC Square Arcade escalator overhaul works

Please be advised that major overhaul works will commence this week on one of the escalators at the Edward Street entrance to Central station, providing access between the outer concourse and ANZAC Square Arcade subway.

This work is expected to be underway for several weeks. Due to the location of the escalator pit, temporary safety fencing will encroach upon the far end of the directional tactile ground surface indicator layout. Queensland Rail station staff will be monitoring the area to provide assistance to customers with vision impairment if required, however all customers are advised to take extra care in this area while the temporary fencing is in place.

For assistance with access, please contact station staff, call 13 16 17 or text 0428 774 636.

We will provide further information as the work progresses and it becomes available.

Update received from Queensland Rail 10/1/2018

Trial of New Bus Stop blade ID Braille and Tactile Numbers – Now Installed

Translink is trialling tactile numbers, Braille and QR codes on bus stop blades at selected Brisbane CBD locations as per the email below the signature block.   The intention is to identify each bus stop blade by its number in both raised format and Braille.  The QR code goes to the timetable information on the Translink website.  Feedback on the trial is welcome and can be sent to PT.Infrastructure@translink.com.au

The tactile numbers are located on the edge of the blade facing the building frontage at about 1200 mm above footpath level.  The raised number is located above the Braille.  The QR code is directly below the Braille.  The Braille is identified by the standard raised half-moon (semi-circle).

Update received from Brisbane City Council 1/11/2017

Extension of VITP Expiry date to 10 years

TransLink have changed the expiry date on the Vision Impairment Travel Pass (VITP) from 5 to 10 years.

https://translink.com.au/tickets-and-fares/ticket-types/disability/vision-impairment-travel-pass

Update received 23 October 2017.

Security Bollards in Queen Street Mall

Bollards have been installed at all four ends of Queen Street Mall to prevent unauthorised vehicle entry. The Braille trail is clear but the bollards come within 600 mm of the edge of the trails. Warning tactile ground surface indicators have been installed to alert Braille trail users of the bollards’ location. These indicators are the temporary glue down variety that sit on the pavement rather than being embedded in it. Care should be taken with the white cane at the transition from the permanent to the temporary tactile indicators.

Update received 11 September 2017.