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  • Cross River Rail is a new 10.2km rail line including 5.9km of twin tunnels running under the Brisbane River and CBD that will unlock a bottleneck at the core of the rail network and that will transform the way we travel across the whole of South East Queensland.

    The Cross River Rail project includes four new underground stations, a new above-ground station at the RNA Showgrounds and Dutton Park.

    The Delivery Authority is also delivering a rebuild of six stations between Fairfield and Salisbury, construction of three new stations on the Gold Coast, and the introduction to the wider SEQ rail network of the European Train Control System (ETCS) a new world-class signalling system.

    Once Cross River Rail is operational, journeys will be quicker, stations will be in more convenient locations and there will be capacity to increase train services as our population grows. Making public transport a more viable option for the whole region and helping to ease congestion on our roads.

    More than just a rail project, Cross River Rail also presents opportunities for urban renewal and precinct development at each of its major station locations, including Boggo Road, Woolloongabba, Albert Street and Roma Street.

    Major construction of Cross River Rail commenced in 2019 and first services are expected to operate within 2026.

    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.

    Cross River Rail is a transformational, city-shaping transport project that will increase the capacity of our network, helping to ease congestion and improve train travel for commuters.

    Cross River Rail will transform the way we travel to, from and through Brisbane in the future. Journeys will be quicker, stations will be in more convenient locations, and public transport will become a more viable transport option for all of us.

    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.

    Cross River Rail is being funded via an initial capital contribution of $5.389 billion along with financing of $1.499 billion secured through a Public Private Partnership.

    An additional $848 million of State Government funding was announced on 31 March 2023 in respect of external pressures such as COVID-19, severe weather and war in Ukraine. As well as an additional $112m for partial reimbursement for land acquisitions.

    Cross River Rail’s construction phase is expected to be completed in 2025, and this will be followed by the commissioning and testing of the new signalling system – the European Train Control System (ETCS).

    When the safety regulator is satisfied that all practical safety measures and assessments have been achieved, customer services are expected to commence in 2026.

    Find out more about the progress of Cross River Rail’s construction.

    Major construction works on Cross River Rail are due to be completed in 2025, ahead of extensive safety testing and commissioning, with services expected to commence in 2026.

    Cross River Rail is a new 10.2 kilometre rail line between Dutton Park and Bowen hills that includes 5.9 kilometres of twin tunnels under the Brisbane River.

    The project includes four new underground stations at Boggo Road, Woolloongabba, Albert Street and Roma Street, and construction of a new above-ground station at Dutton Park and a new every day station at the RNA Showgrounds.

    The project is being delivered in partnership with the private sector through three major infrastructure packages of work:

    • The Tunnel, Stations and Development (TSD) Public Private Partnership is being delivered with 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 is being delivered with Unity. 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) contract is being delivery with Hitachi Rail

    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.

    Major infrastructure projects like Cross River Rail mean more jobs, more training opportunities, and more support for local businesses, giving a significant boost to our economy.

    For information about current job opportunities with the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority or information about construction jobs and sub-contractor opportunities, go to our Jobs & Contracts Opportunities page.

    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.