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  • Cross River Rail is a 10.2 kilometre rail line between Dutton Park and Bowen Hills which includes 5.9 kilometres of tunnel under the Brisbane River and the CBD.

    The project includes four new underground stations at Boggo Road, Woolloongabba, Albert Street and Roma Street, as well as station upgrades for the Dutton Park and Exhibition stations.

    Cross River Rail will unlock a bottleneck at the core of our transport network, allowing more trains to run more often and integrating with new busways and new roads to provide a ‘turn-up-and-go’ transport system for the whole of South East Queensland.

    South East Queensland’s population is rising, putting our transport network under pressure. While over 80 per cent of population growth is occurring outside the Brisbane local government area, in the same time period 45 per cent of SEQ jobs growth will be concentrated inside the Brisbane metropolitan area.

    Driven by population and employment growth in the region, demand for passenger rail services is forecast to almost triple by 2036. This means that getting people to and from Brisbane will be of critical importance.

    Cross River Rail will remove the bottleneck at the core of our rail network, where every train goes across a single river crossing.

    It will allow more trains to run more often and connect with new roads and bus services, supporting a turn-up-and-go transport network for the whole of South East Queensland.

    Cross River Rail will not only create new train capacity for South East Queensland as it evolves and grows as a city, it will ensure high-capacity train stations where they are needed most.

    There will be four new underground stations at: Boggo Road, Woolloongabba, Albert Street and Roma Street.

    Dutton Park and Exhibition stations will get an upgrade as part of the Cross River Rail project.

    In June 2017, the Queensland Government committed to fully fund the Cross River Rail project.

    The 2017-2018 State Budget allocated $2.8 billion for Cross River Rail with a further $2.6 billion committed over subsequent years.

    For the 2018-19 financial year, the State Government committed $733 million to the Cross River Rail project for its second year of funding.

    Cross River Rail will be delivered in partnership with the private sector through three major infrastructure packages of work: the Tunnel, Stations and Development (TSD) public-private partnership; the Rail, Integration and Systems (RIS) alliance and the European Train Control System (ETCS).

    The preferred consortia for these major works packages were announced on 04 April 2019.

    See our news article here.

    The project will now progress significantly with major contractors establishing an active onsite presence by the end of the year.

    Next steps will include finalising contracts, design refinement and site investigations, mobilisation of workforces and establishment of site presence.

    More detailed information about construction activities will be available later this year.

    Early Works are already well underway: at the site for our new Woolloongabba station, the Goprint, Landcentre and old South Brisbane Hospital buildings have been demolished; relevant commercial properties along Albert Street and Roma Street have been acquired; and construction of the new temporary Brisbane Coach Terminal is progressing ahead of the demolition of the Brisbane Transit Centre later this year.

    You can register here to receive updates to help you stay up to date with the project’s progress.

    Major construction works on Cross River Rail are due to be completed in 2024.

    Cross River Rail will be delivered in partnership with the private sector through three major packages of work: the Tunnel, Stations and Development public-private partnership; the Rail, Integration and Systems alliance and the European Train Control System contract.

    Following a comprehensive evaluation process the preferred bidders for these significant contracts has been announced. See our news article here.

    The project will now progress significantly with major contractors establishing an active onsite presence by the end of the year.

    Next steps include finalising contracts, design refinement and site investigations, mobilisation of workforces and establishment of site presence.

    The project’s major works packages will be delivered by the following world-class consortia:

    The Tunnel, Stations and Development (TSD) public-private partnership will be delivered by PULSE.

    The PULSE consortium is led by CIMIC Group companies, Pacific Partnerships, CPB Contractors, and UGL with international partners DIF, BAM and Ghella.

    The Rail, Integration and Systems (RIS) alliance will be delivered by UNITY Alliance.

    UNITY Alliance brings together CPB Contractors, UGL, AECOM and Jacobs, and partners HASSELL, RCS Australia, Acmena, Martinus Rail and Wired Overhead Solutions.

    The European Train Control System (ETCS) will be delivered by Hitachi Rail STS.

    Cross River Rail will be one of Queensland’s most important job generating projects.

    During the five-year construction period, the project will create an average of 1500 jobs each year, and up to 3000 jobs in the most intensive year of the construction.

    The Project will generate 450 new apprentice and traineeship opportunities.

    For information about current job opportunities with Cross River Rail, go to our Jobs & Contracts page.

    Information about construction and sub-contractor opportunities will be available over the coming months.

    Once construction of each of the four underground stations is completed, land above and around the station will become available for development.

    Cross River Rail’s over station development will create opportunities for community green spaces as well as commercial and residential development opportunities.

    A tunnel portal is where the tunnel connects with the surface. When looking at the map the tunnel portal is where the trains will enter and exit the tunnel.

    When a change to a project is required after the publication of the Coordinator-General’s report on the project’s Environmental Impact Statement or the Impact Assessment Report, the Coordinator-General may be asked to evaluate the proposed change.

    The request for project change submitted to the Coordinator-General must contain:

    • a description of the proposed change and its effect on the project
    • the reasons for the proposed change
    • adequate material to enable the Coordinator-General to evaluate the environmental impacts of the proposed change.

    In evaluating the proposed change to a project, the Coordinator-General will consider:

    • nature of the proposed change and its effect on the project
    • environmental impacts of the proposed change
    • any properly made submissions from the public on the application for project change
    • any other material deemed relevant by the Coordinator-General.

    You can find out more about this process here.

    You can review Project changes relating to Cross River Rail at the Department for State Development website.