Woolloongabba station construction update - September & October 2022

The team has now completed laying rail track between the Albert Street station and Woolloongabba station upline tunnel, with around 1.6km of track now in place. Inside the mined tunnels, permanent lining of the three remaining cross passages is soon to be complete.

In the north cavern, back of house services area construction continues and in the south cavern, mezzanine beam installation is ongoing. Work to build the future Woolloongabba station is progressing.


Details of work

Tunnel construction

Ongoing until late-2022

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

  • Concrete track work and drilling works within the tunnels continue.
  • Waterproofing and lining the cross passages
  • 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 have now completed laying rail track in the upline tunnel between Albert Street station and Woolloongabba station. Track works will now continue within the downline tunnel between Albert Street and Woolloongabba.
  • 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 segment loader preparing to lift a mezzanine beam into place within the south cavern.

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.

  • Cranage to lift the precast beams into the station box for installation. Cranes will operate during day and night shifts.
  • Works continue to build the platform and associated structures in the southern station cavern, northern station cavern and station box.
  • The decline ramp leading down to the station box will be closed over the coming months. The ramp will be backfilled with spoil previously excavated from tunnelling activities at the Woolloongabba site.
  • Large concrete pours to construct the building floors and walls will be ongoing.
  • Concrete deliveries and related work continue for mined tunnel and station structure pours**.
  • Oxy-cutting to demobilise the conveyor belt system which was previously used to remove spoil from Tunnel Boring Machine excavation is ongoing.
  • Work to demobilise offices and cribs along Main Street.
  • Out-of-hours deliveries, mobilisation and demobilisation of large plant and vehicles continues due to permit restrictions.
  • Out-of-hours surface works will continue in including hammering, water blasting, steel cutting/fixing, drainage and concrete pumping.
  • Utility, sewer inspection, 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.
  • Sewer works on the corner of Stanley Street and Gibbon Street expected to start including construction of launch shafts, micro-tunnelling, and setup of contractor’s working area at Gibbon St).

**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 and traffic changes along Stanley Street and
    Gibbon Street.

Work is subject to relevant approvals and suitable weather conditions.

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