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. These TBMs will be used to drill the twin tunnels after which the site will become the location of the new underground Woolloongabba station.

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 was closed to vehicles from September 2019.

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. Demolition of existing buildings began in late-2019, totally transforming the whole precinct by 2025.

Exhibition Construction

Exhibition Construction

From Monday 9 September, the UNITY Alliance will establish a permanent site compound off Gilchrist Avenue, Herston, in preparation for the start of construction of Cross River Rail. The new site compound will be located adjacent to the Inner City Bypass and Victoria Park playing fields for the duration of the project.

Northern Portal Construction

Northern Portal Construction

Cross River Rail is a new 10.2-kilometre rail line. It includes 5.9 kilometres of twin tunnels from a southern portal near Dutton Park station under the Brisbane River and the Brisbane CBD. The northern portal, where trains will enter and exit Cross River Rail’s twin tunnels, is 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

Gold Coast Early Works

The Cross River Rail Delivery Authority is continuing with planning for three new rail stations on the Gold Coast Line at Pimpama, Helensvale North and Merrimac. GHDWoodhead has been engaged to undertake early investigations and prepare the detailed design for construction.

a render of the proposed upgrade to Salisbury station

Southside Stations Upgrade Construction

Six stations on Brisbane’s southside- Salisbury, Rocklea, Moorooka, Yerongpilly, Yeronga, and Fairfield – will be rebuilt as part of the $5.4 billion 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.



Tunnelling on Cross River Rail started with the project’s first roadheader commencing work at Albert Street. Both roadheaders and tunnel boring machines will need to work hard to get through the different soild 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 we begin construction at multiple worksites around the city.

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