Woolloongabba station construction update - May and June 2022

Rail track installation continues at the Woolloongabba site throughout May and June. Permanent works in the station cavern and tunnels also continues, and the future Woolloongabba station continues to rise from the ground as it is built.

The team is also preparing for the first pre-cast beams to arrive that will sit within the station platform area and be installed over the following months.

 

Details of work

Underground excavation

Ongoing until mid-2022

The below tunnelling and tunnelling support activities are undertaken 24 hours a day.

  • Teams continue to waterproof and line the cross passages in the tunnels.
  • Concrete activities for the north cavern headwall are complete. The headwall is the point at which the train will leave the station platform cavern and enter the tunnel.
  • Permanent works in the mined tunnels heading south to Boggo Road are 90% complete. Drainage works continue as part of this, requiring intermittent hammering and excavation works.
  • Permanent works in the mined tunnels heading south to Boggo Road are 80% complete. Drainage works continue as part of this, requiring intermittent hammering and excavation works.
  • Off-site haulage continues to support works and disassembly of heavy machinery*.
  • Out-of-hours oversized deliveries will continue to support tunnelling demobilisation works.

*Please note this excludes peak hours Monday to Friday 7:00am – 9:00am and 4:30pm – 6:30pm.

Rail construction

Ongoing until end of 2023

The below tunnelling and tunnelling support activities are undertaken 24 hours a day.

  • Crews continue to lay track through the completed tunnels.
  • Delivery of rail and welding works continue in the station box.
  • Cranage, deliveries and logistical activities including plant movements and concrete pumping will continue throughout the day and night.

 
The formwork rising out of the ground.
 

Station building & surface works

Ongoing until end of project

The works will occur within standard construction hours which are 6:30am to 6:30pm, Monday to Saturday.

Some activities will be completed out of normal construction hours, 6.30pm to 6.30am, due to traffic permits, safety requirements and construction methodology. Nearby residents will be notified in advance via letterbox drop.

The below tunnelling and tunnelling support activities are undertaken 24 hours a day.

  • Arrival of the first pre-cast beams to be installed over the following months. These beams form part of a mezzanine structure that will sit within the station caverns and connect the station platforms to the outside world.
  • A crawler crane will be constructed during the month which will install the pre-cast beams for the mezzanine structure. The crane will operate throughout the day and night.
  • Works continue to build the platform and associated structures in the southern station cavern and station box
  • Concrete deliveries and related work continue for mined tunnel and station structure pours**.
  • Out-of-hours surface works will continue in May and June including hammering, water blasting, drainage and concrete pumping.
  • Out-of-hours deliveries, mobilisation and demobilisation of large plant and vehicles continues due to permit restrictions.
  • The jump form system continues to climb and has completed 15 of 17 lifts as part of the formwork for station building. This is a method of construction where each level of the building is built on top of the previous one.
  • Utility, survey, and geotechnical works in and around the Woolloongabba site continue. Some lane closures may be required for this work. Impacts may also be experienced due to the extended closure of the Vulture Street footpath.
  • Assembly of formwork for permanent works in the mined tunnels continues.

**Please note concrete deliveries to site are permitted 24/7 with no time exclusions.
 

What to expect

  • Potential noise, dust and vibration from construction activities both underground in the tunnels and on the surface of the site, including outside of standard construction hours.
  • Temporary lighting for out of hours works in the station box and decline ramp.
  • 24-hour ongoing underground work within entire tunnel alignment.
  • Continued utility investigations, surveying, geotechnical works and service relocation activities both on and off site. Temporary lane closures may be required to facilitate these works.
  • Out of hours deliveries of large trucks and plant. This may also include mobilisation, set up and demobilisation. Short term road closures in the area may also be required.
  • Pedestrian detour along Vulture Street due to southern footpath closure.

Work is subject to relevant approvals and suitable weather conditions
 

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