Major construction has begun

Construction is underway at sixteen worksites across South East Queensland.

With the successful completion of tunnelling in 2021, we now have twin tunnels connecting the project’s northern portal, the four underground stations at Roma Street, Albert Street, Woolloongabba and Boggo Road, through to the southern portal near Dutton Park. Works on the underground stations has shifted to station builds, laying of rail, and mechanical and electrical fitouts.

The rebuild of Exhibition station is underway and the accessibility rebuild works at seven stations on the southside are also progressing with works complete at Yeronga station and continuing at Fairfield, Yeerongpilly, Rocklea and Dutton Park stations.

Mayne Yard North stabling facility is now fully operational with trackwork at Mayne Yard East now underway. Works at Clapham Yard stabling facility are also progressing.

ETCS trackside signal equipment works have continued on the Shorncliffe line as well as the train fitment of the signalling technology at the Redbank facility.

Major construction is underway at the new Pimpama station and early works are underway at Merrimac and Hope Island as part of three new stations to be built on the Gold Coast.

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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

Seven stations on Brisbane’s southside- Salisbury, Rocklea, Moorooka, Yerongpilly, Yeronga, and Fairfield and Dutton Park – 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.