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.

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Launch of the Christmas Parade in Brisbane City

During the lead up to Christmas the Christmas parade will be run 7.00-7.30 pm each evening.  It will begin at the Edward St end of Queen St Mall, proceed to the Albert St and then pass down Albert St to King George Square.  Crowds are expected and these may obstruct the Braille trail in the vicinity of the parade.

Update received from Brisbane City Council 15/12/2017

Queensland Rail Milton and Zillmere lift outages

The lifts at Milton and Zillmere stations require maintenance work and will be out of service as follows:

Milton lift on Platform 2 and 3 from 6.30am Monday 11 December until 4pm Tuesday 12 December.

Milton lift on Platform 4 from 6.30am Wednesday 13 December until 4pm Thursday 14 December.

Zillmere lift to eastern entry and carpark 9am until 12 noon Thursday 14 December.

Zillmere lift platform 3 and western entry 12 noon to 3pm Thursday 14 December.

Update received from Queensland Rail 11/12/2017

Lift access Kingston station 15 to 17 December

Works affecting access to the lift at Kingston station will commence at 9am on Friday 15 December. This work will continue through to Sunday 17 December during a planned track closure to minimise impact to customers, and will be back in service Monday morning.

Update received from Queensland Rail 30/11/2017

Queensland Rail planned track closures

Please find following planned track closure information from 12 – 16 December for your reference.

Buses will replace trains from Park Road to Varsity Lakes from 9.30pm until the last train each night on Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 December.

Buses will replace trains from Park Road to Varsity Lakes from approximately 2am on Saturday 16 December until the last train on Sunday 17 December.

For more information on how we are improving your network, visit queenslandrail.com.au, call 13 16 17 (business hours) or email customerfeedback@qr.com.au

For service information, visit translink.com.au or call 13 12 30

Bus replacement times are approximate. Be sure to plan your journey in advance and allow up to 60 minutes extra travel time. Thank you for your patience.

Update received from Queensland Rail 30/11/2017

Central station – outer concourse roof maintenance

Sunday 26 November – Friday 22 December 2017

Maintenance is being undertaken on the outer concourse roof at Central station. Works to remove and replace sheeting will occur in two stages, starting with the section between the station ticket office and the Creek Street entrance.

This work will be undertaken after hours when there is reduced activity at the station.

Every effort will be made to carry out these works with minimal disruption, and we apologise for any inconvenience experienced. We thank customers for their patience as we work to improve your station.

Central station outer concourse between the station ticket office and the Creek Street entrance:

From Sunday 26 November to Friday 22 December 2017 (weather and conditions permitting)

8pm to 5am (Sunday to Thursday)

Update received from Queensland Rail 22/11/2017

Queensland Rail planned track closures

Please find following planned track closure information, for works commencing 3 December.

Buses replacing trains in both directions from Day / Date Time
Northgate to Shorncliffe Sunday 3, Monday 4, Tuesday 5 and Thursday 7 December From approx. 9.30pm until the last train each night
Roma Street to Ferny Grove and Northgate Sunday 3 December From approx. 10.15pm until the last train
Albion and Bowen Hills to Milton and Park Road Monday 4, Tuesday 5 and Thursday 7 December From approx. 10.15pm until the last train each night
Albion and Bowen Hills to Corinda and Park Road Sunday 10 December From approx. 10.15pm until the last train

Signage outlining these closures will be displayed at stations to provide customers advance notice.

Bus replacement times are approximate. Be sure to plan your journey in advance and allow up to 60 minutes extra travel time. Thank you for your patience.

Update received from Queensland Rail 23/11/2017

Christmas tree being erected in King George Square

From this morning until either Wednesday November 22 or Thursday November 23 the Christmas tree is being erected in King George Square.  Part of King George Square has therefore been fenced off as a worksite.

The Braille trail is clear along its entire length, but trucks may on occasion need to cross it on the Ann St side of the Square.  Traffic officers are on duty at all times and will ensure public safety as vehicles enter or leave the site.

The tree will remain in place until after Christmas.  It will be removed Thursday December 29 and Friday December 29 with the same safety precautions in place.

Update received from Brisbane City Council 17/11/2017

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.