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Environmental Impact Statement

The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Cross River Rail project was approved by the Coordinator-General in 2012.

This EIS was based on the project’s Reference Design and was a key document in the review and approval of the project by the State Government.

You can read more about this process at the Coordinator-General’s website

Project Changes

As project planning and design progresses, changes to the approved project are sometimes required, leading to a Request for Project Change.

You can learn more about the Request for Project Change process in our FAQs.

For information on Project Changes relating to Cross River Rail visit the Coordinator-General’s website.

Request for Project Change 4 – Whole of project

Overview and Summary of Proposed Changes

As part of the tendering process, each of the bidding companies was asked to identify improvements to the project Reference Design (which was originally evaluated by the Coordinator-General in 2017) to reduce project impacts or improve project outcomes.

These improvements, or changes, are not part of the current evaluated project and need to be assessed by the Coordinator-General. This is done through a Request for Project Change process.

Summary information on the changes and their benefits can be accessed by clicking on the location names below:

A summary of the proposed changes across the project can be found in the Request for Project Change factsheet.

  • New bridge over Breakfast Creek to allow for more efficient train operations
  • Expanded stabling yard and new maintenance areas to provide additional capacity for QR operations
  • Cross River Rail lines realigned within the site to improve operations within the yard and minimise disruption during construction
  • New access roads within the site
  • Existing station upgraded including a new platform to provide every day commuter services
  • New pedestrian connections for the hospital and surrounding community
  • Construction access from Gregory Terrace to the rail corridor changed to reduce construction impacts on Victoria Park
  • Acquisition of additional land (Biomedical Technology Services) for construction purposes
  • New underground station realigned to sit beneath the existing QR station to improve the tunnel alignment and create better connections between transport services
  • Station construction method changed to reduce community impacts
  • Busway at Roma Street relocated underground to provide better connections between transport services
  • Emma Miller Place to be used for temporary construction purposes and reinstated
  • Progressive changes to Parkland Boulevard during construction to allow it to operate around the construction area
  • College Close carpark no longer required for construction
  • Additional station entry/exit closer to the Queen Street Mall
  • Acquisition of an additional commercial building for the second station entry/exit
  • Station construction method changed to reduce community impacts
  • Myer Centre Car Park Albert Street exit will not be closed down
  • Construction site layout changed
  • New underground station realigned 70 metres to the west to improve tunnel alignment and provide increased plaza area to better accommodate event crowds
  • Single station entry/exit point to leave more space for community use including green space
  • Pedestrian connection to Stanley Street and the Eastern Busway linking into the new station location
  • New bridge linking the PA Hospital with the Boggo Road Urban Village to provide better pedestrian and cycle connections across the precinct
  • New underground station realigned to avoid conflict with the busway and the Port of Brisbane freight line during construction
  • Construction method changed to reduce community impacts and avoid construction impacts to the busway
  • Existing platforms extended south to allow the station to remain fully operational during construction
  • Acquisition of two townhouse properties for platform extension
  • New covered pedestrian bridge next to and south of Annerley Road bridge to improve functionality and independent access for commuters
  • Third platform added at each station to increase capacity
  • Work at all six stations to improve operations
  • New pedestrian bridge over Clapham Yard at Moorooka station, to connect the new third platform to the existing station platforms
  • Clapham Yard stabling facilities expanded to provide additional train storage and maintenance
  • New bridge over Moolabin Creek to provide access to the stabling yard

It is important the community has the opportunity to provide feedback on these changes to the Coordinator-General and the process for doing this is set out below.

Request for Project Change 4 documents and Submission Process

Full details of all changes can be viewed in the documents below.

These will also be displayed for community comment from Monday 20 May to 14 June 2019 at the following locations:

  • Brisbane Square Library
  • Stones Corner Library
  • Annerley Library
  • Coopers Plains Library
  • Fairfield Library
  • Hamilton Library

The whole of project community information fact sheet also provides times and locations for drop-in community information sessions.

To view the Request for Project Change or for more information about how to make a submission, visit the Cross River Rail Project section on the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning website.

Submissions must be made online or in writing to the Coordinator-General by 5pm on Friday 14 June 2019.

The Coordinator-General will review all comments made and determine whether the requested change is approved, and if any conditions will be imposed.

Project change application 3 – Roma Street Demolition Works

Following engineering investigations, Cross River Rail submitted a request for Project Change to demolish the Brisbane Transit Centre (East Tower), Hotel Jen, the pedestrian bridge over Roma Street and to temporarily occupy the open space adjacent to Hotel Jen during these demolition and construction works.

This was approved on 13 March 2019.

Project change application 2 – Temporary Roma Street Coach Terminal

Cross River Rail submitted a Request for Project Change for the change of use for the carpark and drop-off area adjacent to Roma Street Station platform 10 to a temporary coach terminal.

This was approved on 30 August 2018.

Project change application 1 – Whole of project

Following further technical investigations and community consultation, the Queensland Government refined the project’s reference design and prepared a Request for Project Change which was displayed for community comment from Saturday 25 February 2017 until Monday 27 March 2017.

This was approved on 8 June 2017.

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