Shorncliffe Line: Trackside signalling work

Hitachi Rail will continue construction work along the Shorncliffe Line in January and February to deliver Brisbane’s new railway signalling system as part of the Cross River Rail Project.


Details of work

From late January, construction work will continue in the rail corridor between Sandgate and Shorncliffe Stations. Activities will include soil sampling, minor earthworks, concrete works including pouring foundations and installing conduit for new cabling.

Works will occur between 7:00am and 6:00pm, Monday to Friday. To ensure the safety of workers and the community, some activities will be undertaken on selected weekends and midweek nights as outlined below, weather permitting.

Work location

Between Sandgate and Shorncliffe Stations. Specific sites:

  • Shorncliffe side of Palm Avenue level crossing
  • Near Sandgate Station: Curlew Street car park end.

Dates and hours of work

  • Weekend work: From 5am 30 January to 11pm 31 January
  • Weekday night work: 1 – 5 February from 10pm to 4:30am
  • Weekend work: From 2am 6 February to 11:59pm 7 February

Activities will include:

  • Soil sampling
  • Minor earthworks and excavation
  • Retaining wall construction
  • Concrete works including pouring foundations for equipment housing
  • Installing conduit for new cabling
  • Equipment to be used: 5T excavator, skid steer loader and drill rig.

We will continue to update you as work progresses, including notification for any additional high impact out-of hours work.

What to expect if you are a Curlew Street car park user

The Curlew Street car park will remain open with construction vehicles using the gate at the Sandgate Station end to access the rail corridor. Although the above works are scheduled to occur at night and over the weekend, car park users should remain cautious. Pedestrian access to Sandgate Station will remain open. Pedestrians are to follow the guidance and direction of traffic control.

What to expect if you live alongside the rail corridor

Residents along the rail corridor may see and hear:

  • Movement of personnel and construction vehicles (including machines and equipment such as excavator, skid steer loader and drill rig)
  • Some noise and dust associated with the use of machinery and equipment
  • Mobile lighting towers in work areas during night works, in addition to existing rail corridor lighting.

To minimise impacts:

  • Noise minimisation practices will be adopted in relation to the use of vehicles and machinery after hours (e.g. using lower powered machines which are quieter) and personnel noise will be kept to a minimum
  • Lighting towers will be directed away from residential properties, where practical
  • Soil disturbance will be minimised by watering down, modifying work methods on high wind days, and using dust suppression techniques if required
  • All workers will be briefed on key community and environmental considerations.

What to expect if you’re a rail customer

To undertake this work safely, some track closures will be necessary. These will be scheduled at non-peak times and over selected weekends to minimise any inconvenience. Bus services will replace trains where services are impacted.

If travelling after peak on weeknights or on weekends, plan your journey by visiting, calling 13 12 30 or downloading the TransLink app.

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