QUEENSLAND Rail has warned Gympie Regional Council it will not upgrade the Traveston train station and means to close it down.
QR has just finished a study to determine whether the station’s heritage-listed waiting room can be retained, despite its dilapidated state.
The council had earlier written to QR asking about the future of the Traveston station and QR’s reply recommended closing it down at some time in the future.
The letter stated TransLink had informed QR that upgrading the station to required standards was not feasible, given the “extremely low level” of passenger traffic using the station, as well as the considerable cost involved in any upgrade.
In its correspondence to the council, QR noted that Cooran station was only about five kilometres from Traveston and had disability access and bus transfer services. These services were not available at the Traveston station.
Deputy Mayor Tony Perrett said there was no plan for Traveston station, but this was not unexpected.
Cr Graham Engeman said it was a shame the “required standards” would affect everyone who used the facility.
He said it had been used for many years, although it was not up to standard. It was a question of what the government could afford, he said.
Julie Walker said unfortunately the weather boards of the old waiting room had suffered considerable termite damage, so the structure was no longer “perfectly good”.
She said her son used the station and now would have to 5km further to Cooran.
The dilapidated waiting room is covered in pigeon droppings and has been cordoned off for safety for some time. Now, however, people waiting for trains have to do so out in the open.