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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 process for Project Changes in our FAQs.

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

Request for Project Change 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 temporary occupy the open space adjacent to Hotel Jen during these demolition and construction works.

Submissions closed at 5pm on Friday 21 December 2018. The Coordinator-General will now review all comments made.

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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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

Cross River Rail Priority Development Area (PDA)

Albert Street Cross River Rail Priority Development Area (PDA)

Key details

  • The Albert Street Cross River Rail (CRR) Priority Development Area (PDA) was declared on 14 December 2018 and an Interim Land Use Plan (ILUP) given effect.
  • This PDA was declared at the request of the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority to assist with the delivery of the Cross River Rail Project.
  • Cross River Rail is a 10.2 kilometre rail line from Dutton Park to Bowen Hills, which includes 5.9 kilometres of tunnel under the Brisbane River and CBD.
  • The Albert Street CRR PDA ILUP provides a planning framework for development above and adjacent to the new Albert Street underground rail station at the intersection of Albert and Mary Streets in the CBD.
  • This ILUP has been prepared to closely reflect relevant development requirements from the Brisbane City Plan 2014 (City Centre Neighbourhood Plan) while also addressing the interface with a new Albert Street Cross River Rail Station which was not contemplated at this location under the Brisbane City Plan 2014.
  • The Minister for Economic Development Queensland has delegated certain functions and powers under the Economic Development Act 2012 to the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority including plan preparation and development assessment.

Albert Street CRR PDA Interim Land Use Plan

The Economic Development Act 2012 provides for a streamlined planning and development framework for PDAs to facilitate economic development, and development for community purposes.

Once a PDA is declared under the Economic Development Act 2012, a development scheme for the PDA must be prepared.

The development scheme will be subject to public notification during 2019. At this time, all interested parties, including the community, residents and business operators, will be invited to view the proposed development scheme and make a written submission to the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority.

Until the development scheme is finalised, development within the CRR PDA will be regulated under the Albert Street CRR PDA ILUP.

View the Albert Street CRR PDA Interim Land Use Plan

View the Albert Street Green Spine Overlay Guideline

Albert Street Cross River Rail PDA Regulatory Map

View the Albert Street CRR PDA regulatory map

Frequently asked questions

The Albert Street Cross River Rail PDA is required to manage the construction of the Tunnel, Stations and Development (TSD) package and over-station works. The land parcels ensure the tunnel and station development works have sufficient area to interface with the public realm, streetscape and key movement pathways to the greater City Centre.

The PDA is defined by two core land areas separated by Albert Street and totals 3,858m2. These properties are directly associated with the delivery of the Cross River Rail project.

As the first CBD train station built in more than 120 years, Albert Street station will dramatically improve connectivity to the southern part of the CBD. The new underground Albert Street station will become the main pedestrian feeder point for QUT’s Garden Point campus, the parliamentary precinct, the new Queen’s Wharf development, the Eagle Street business district and the Botanic Gardens.

On average 67,260 people will use Albert Street station each week day by 2036.

The Cross River Rail Delivery Authority has worked closely with the Brisbane City Council (BCC), Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) and specialist planning consultants to prepare the Albert Street CRR PDA Interim Land Use Plan.

The Delivery Authority has worked closely with Brisbane City Council officers to prepare the Albert Street CRR PDA Interim Land Use Plan and the Albert Street Station Green Spine Overlay to address a new Cross River Rail station at this location. Neither the Brisbane City Plan (including the City Centre Neighbourhood Plan) or Brisbane City Council’s Albert Street Vision, ‘creating the Green Spine’ considered a Cross River Rail Station within Albert Street.

The Albert Street Green Spine Overlay has been prepared to provide further design guidance to Tunnel, Station and Development proponents in the application of the Albert Street Vision to the public realm works at Albert Street whilst accounting for the interface with the Cross River Rail Station and the increased pedestrian access and movement that is expected.

There are three shortlisted proponents currently bidding for the major Tunnel, Station and Development package of works for the Cross River Rail project.

While the underground Albert Street station will be located on the corner of Albert Street and Mary Street, the final tunnel alignment, station entrances and construction methodology will be known when the preferred tenderer has been announced by mid-2019.

The Albert Street CRR PDA Interim Land Use Plan has adopted a range of development application notification triggers including those from the Brisbane City Plan 2014. If triggered (refer section 3.4 of the ILUP), a development application will be publicly notified and submissions considered during the assessment of the development application.

Environmental Management

Outline Environmental Management Plan

The Cross River Rail Outline Environmental Management Plan (OEMP) provides the overarching framework for the project’s environmental management requirements.

It identifies each environmental element potentially impacted during the project works and nominates the required performance criteria and outcomes to be achieved to ensure environmental impacts are minimised. The OEMP also nominates key monitoring and reporting requirements to be delivered throughout the life of the project.

In accordance with Appendix 2, Part A, Condition 2 of the Coordinator-General’s change report, the OEMP is to be finalised and submitted to the Coordinator-General for approval two months prior to the commencement of Project Works. The OEMP was approved 18 December 2018.

Temporary Coach Terminal Construction Environmental Management Plan

The Brisbane Transit Centre will be demolished to make way for Cross River Rail’s new underground Roma Street Station.

The Brisbane Coach Terminal which is currently located in the Brisbane Transit Centre, will be relocated to a temporary facility for a period of 5-10 years, adjacent to Platform 10 on the northern side of the existing Roma Street station.

The Construction Environmental Management Plan outlines the potential environmental impacts and the associated management measures that will be used by the Delivery Authority and its contractors to mitigate and minimise these impacts.

Environmental monitoring

The Delivery Authority is undertaking baseline environmental monitoring to understand existing environmental conditions prior to construction starting.