Dakabin Railway Station has been long neglected and our community continues to suffer because of it. The issues at Dakabin Station are numerous, but some key problems are listed below. A long term plan and immediate action is required, no more band-aid fixes!
Poor lighting, parking issues, unmanned (the only station between Central and Nambour!), insufficient CCTV, there is no pedestrian access around the station
LACK OF CAR PARKS:
400+ cars park at the station daily but there are only 172 bitumen car parks. The station has a wide catchment from North Lakes, Deception Bay and Warner. With Plantation Road now open the number of commuters has dramatically increased.
NO BUS CONNECTION:
The only train station on the north side NOT serviced by buses!
NOT DISABLE/PRAM ACCESSIBLE:
No disabled parks, no cross platform access making it impossible for people with disabilities, limited mobility or parents with prams to properly use the station. Wooden stairs are the only access across the platform.
UNSAFE FOR HIGH SCHOOL PATRONS:
The station services Dakabin State High School and North Pine Christian College. Hundreds of students use the station but there is no safe place for them to cross Thompson Road or for school buses to access the station. A teacher from the high school has to supervise morning and afternoon.
ZERO BASIC AMENITIES:
No toilets, not even running water
LACK OF SHELTERS AND SEATING:
Insufficient shelter and seating for the number of patrons, especially important considering the extreme weather we often have to face.
Go card machines are constantly broken
Dakabin Station is one of the few sections of track work that still has wooden sleepers. This causes major problems (and train delays) in extreme heat due to buckling.
NO VENDING MACHINES:
Not even a water bubbler
Trains often go unannounced and there are never announcements when delays occur
LACK OF MAINTENANCE:
The station is often left in a deplorable state due to the lack of facilities. A cleaner and “groundsmen” come on an irregular basis
INSUFFICIENT BIKE LOCKERS:
There are only lockers on one side (Narangba Road) of the station and there are not enough. There needs to be lockers on both sides (as the rack on the Thompson Rd side is jammed full everyday). It is also virtually impossible to find out how to obtain a key for any of the lockers as the station is unmanned.