Slain Korean student Eunji Ban.
Queensland Rail will allow pedestrian access through one of its Roma Street train platforms after lobbying by residents in the wake of Korean student Eunji Ban’s brutal death.
But the thoroughfare would only be open for an additional three hours a night – from the current 8pm closing time to 11pm – to allow residents’ access through the station.
Ms Ban, 22, was killed between 4am and 4.20am on November 24 as she walked through Wickham Park on her way to work at the nearby Transcontinental Hotel.
Residents at the Roma Street Parklands apartments, where Ms Ban lived, campaigned to have after-hours pedestrian access at Roma Street Station, saying the young student might still be alive if she had that option.
Transport Minister Scott Emerson said a six-month trial would begin on Monday, giving residents access from the Parklands side of the station from 3am until 11pm.*
“A Queensland Rail staff member would be stationed at the platform 10 fare gates,” Mr Emerson said.
“Passengers currently have to walk the streets around the station after 8pm, when platform 10 closes, causing the community to raise safety concerns.
“However, following community feedback we promised to look at options to keep that side of Roma Street station open.
“I’m pleased Queensland Rail has been able to keep the entrance open for three extra hours at night.”
Mr Emerson said the government would evaluate the success of the trial in coming months.
“Passenger movements and customer feedback will be monitored and reviewed at the end of the trial to establish whether it is a success,” Mr Emerson said.
“We will continue to work with transit officers, security guards and in partnership with our dedicated Police Railway Squad as well as monitor our more than 8000 CCTV cameras to help keep the station and our wider network safe.”
Brisbane City Council's Labor Opposition Leader Milton Dick said the trial did not go far enough.
“Local resident’s personal safety concerns don’t stop at 11pm each night and pedestrians have to walk the dark streets around Roma Street Train Station when the platform 10 entrance, which links Roma Street and the train station to nearby apartment buildings, closes at night,” he said
“We’re not talking about a few people who might be walking late at night.
“There are 1200 people living in the Roma Street Parklands apartments and more than 8,200 people who call Brisbane’s CBD home.”
Roma Street Parklands resident Clayton Payne said although he supported the move, more needed to be done.
"It's a step in the right direction," he said.
"Hopefully though the powers that be can be persuaded to keep it open permanently."
Late last year, in the wake of Ms Ban’s death, a Queensland Rail spokeswoman said closing platform 10 reduced “security issues and antisocial behaviour” after 8pm.
A Queensland Rail spokeswoman said the platform 10 entrance was primarily for travellers accessing long distance passenger services, which do not arrive or depart after 8pm.
“In order for the entrance to remain open and the area secure, additional staffing would be required,” she said in November.
“As Queensland Rail does not require this role for operational purposes, this is deemed unnecessary and inefficient."
Comment has been sought from Parklands apartments building manager Graham Page.
Spring Hill man Alex Reuben McEwan, 19, was charged with Ms Ban’s murder.
* CORRECTION: A previous version of this story said the changes would not have helped Ms Ban, who died sometime between 4am and 4.20am on November 24. Mr Emerson's office has since clarified the platform will be open from 3am to 11pm during the trial.