First rail arrives for Cross River Rail’s tunnels

The first sections of rail to be installed in Cross River Rail’s tunnels have arrived on site, marking yet another key milestone for the transformational project.

More than 100 sections of rail have arrived at the project’s Woolloongabba site from Whyalla steelworks in South Australia.
It will form the first section of about 25 kilometres of rail inside the project’s 5.9km tunnels.

The arrival of rail marks the next exciting phase of Cross River Rail, after tunnelling was completed in late 2021.
“We’ve had a lot of milestones recently,” Cross River Rail Delivery Authority CEO Graeme Newton said.

“Last year we crossed the river, and now we’re on to the rail component.”


Rail will progressively arrive at the project’s Woolloongabba and Northern Portal sites, with the first track set to be laid this month.

Around 75 workers will be involved in installing the rail and track in the twin tunnels, which will be completed within next year.

Tunnel rail facts:

  • About 25 kilometres of rail will be laid in Cross River Rail’s 5.9 kilometres of twin tunnels to create Brisbane’s first below-river rail crossing.
  • Lengths of rail, each 27.5 metres long, are being delivered to the Woolloongabba site, before being welded into 110-metre-long sections.
  • The rail will be delivered to both Woolloongabba and the Northern Portal and has been sourced from the Whyalla steelworks.
  • The rail to arrive at the Northern Portal will be delivered already in 110-metre-long sections via train in coming months.
  • The first sections of rail will be laid between Woolloongabba and Albert Street.