Major construction has begun

Cross River Rail has progressed from early works into major construction and is now well on its way to being delivered.

Early works for the project began in August 2017. This has included geotechnical investigations (or borehole drilling), subsurface public utility investigations, baseline monitoring, demolition works, and the construction of the temporary Coach Terminal at Roma Street.

Major contractors commenced construction works for the project in late 2019 and now have major worksites established at Woolloongabba, Boggo Road, Albert Street, Roma Street and Exhibition/RNA Showgrounds. There are also rail works underway in both the project’s northern and southern rail corridor, upgrade works underway at stations between Salisbury and Fairfield, site investigation works underway at Merrimac, Pimpama and Helensvale North on the Gold Coast and preparatory works underway along the Shorncliffe line.

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Boggo Road station box - May 2021

Boggo Road Construction

This new underground station will see Boggo Road become South East Queensland’s second busiest transport interchange, with over 22,000 commuters using the new station each week day, by 2036. A new station at Boggo Road will stimulate the growth of the existing health, science and education precinct which is already home to thousands of employees.

Alimak at the Woollongabba worksite

Woolloongabba Construction

The area between Vulture Street and Stanley Street in Woolloongabba, directly adjacent to the Woolloongabba Busway, was the staging area for the Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) and Roadheaders. The TBMs tunneled north from Woolloongabba, breaking through into the station caverns at Albert Street and Roma Street, finally emerging at the northern portal.

Albert Street Construction

Albert Street Construction

The new Cross River Rail Albert Street underground station will provide improved public transport to residents, students and workers in the southern end of the city, creating a new hub at the corner of Albert and Mary Streets. To enable construction of Cross River Rail, the section of Albert Street between Mary and Charlotte streets is now closed to vehicles.

Roma Street Construction

Roma Street Construction

A new underground station at Roma Street will link passengers with the existing suburban bus and rail networks, the Brisbane City Council Metro services, as well as regional and interstate bus and train services.

Exhibition Construction

Exhibition Construction

A newly upgraded Exhibition Station will provide rail services all year round for one of Brisbane’s fastest growing suburbs. It will provide improved transport options for the RNA Showgrounds redevelopment and King Street precinct, as well as staff and visitors to Herston Quarter and the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

Northern Portal Construction

Northern Portal Construction

Cross River Rail includes 5.9 KMs of twin tunnels from a southern portal near Dutton Park station under the Brisbane River and the Brisbane CBD to the northern portal located in the rail corridor at Normanby between the new underground Roma Street station and the new upgraded above-ground Exhibition station.

A QR train heading for the Gold Coast

New Gold Coast Stations construction

The Cross River Rail Delivery Authority is continuing with planning and delivery of three new rail stations on the Gold Coast Line to help connect South East Queensland’s growing population. Stations are being planned for Pimpama, Hope Island and Merrimac.

a render of the proposed upgrade to Salisbury station

Southside Stations Rebuilds

Six stations on Brisbane’s southside- Salisbury, Rocklea, Moorooka, Yerongpilly, Yeronga, and Fairfield – will be rebuilt through the Cross River Rail project. Station upgrades will include new overpasses and passenger lifts, accessible parking bays, new kiss’n’ride spaces, platform improvements and bike enclosures.

Queensland Trail train stopped at a station showing Shorncliffe as the destination

Shorncliffe Line Works

A world-class railway signalling system is being installed in South East Queensland as part of the Cross River Rail Project. It will increase capacity, efficiency and reliability while maintaining safety on our rail network. It is especially important for the safe operation of trains in the Cross River Rail tunnels. Construction is underway to install ETCS on the Shorncliffe line.

Aerial view of Mayne Yard

Mayne Yard North Construction

Mayne Yard North is an expansion of Queensland Rail’s existing Mayne Yard depot at Bowen Hills. The upgrade is identified in the Queensland Rail Stabling Program, as it is a key inner-city stabling solution to support network growth and operations.



The stars of the show were two kinds of machine – Roadheaders and Tunnel Boring Machines. Each is suited to different type of work, but both needed to work hard to get through the different solid and hard rock types under our busy city..



Work is underway on Brisbane’s new underground and while Cross River Rail will transform the way we travel across the whole of South East Queensland, right now it means changes to roads, footpaths and public transport services while construction takes place at multiple worksites around the city.