New concept revealed for Woolloongabba precinct

Cross River Rail’s new station at Woolloongabba has the potential to transform not only how fans access The Gabba on game days but also the wider station precinct, creating a new urban village at the heart of Woolloongabba.

An exciting concept for the future of the precinct, unveiled yesterday, includes a land bridge to span Main Street providing a safe and vibrant ‘front door’ for sports fans.

Fans will begin accessing The Gabba via the new Cross River Rail underground station in 2024 which would also facilitate the remake of the whole 6.5-hectare Woolloongabba site, adjacent to the stadium.

Plans are for the Landcentre, old South Brisbane Dental Hospital and Goprint sites, to be completely transformed over the next decade with the potential to attract up to $1.5 billion of private investment.

While a station to stadium connection will make game days easier for fans and families, new and improved public spaces and facilities will encourage even more visitors to the suburb outside of major event days.

When Cross River Rail is complete, Woolloongabba will be just minutes by train to the new Albert Street station in Brisbane’s CBD and close to the growing health, science and education precinct at Boggo Road.

The Gabba has been the scene of many great sporting triumphs and through Cross River Rail, it will continue to be an integral part of Queensland culture for generations to come.

The precinct redevelopment could deliver up to 300 new affordable homes designated for key and essential services workers including nurses, teachers, police and fire officers and hospitality and tourism workers.

Cross River Rail will enable turn-up-and-go frequency public transport across the network, meaning fans from across SEQ will find it even easier to jump on a train and get down to support the mighty Brisbane Lions or the Brisbane Heat.

The Cross River Rail Delivery Authority will now work with key stakeholders including Brisbane City Council, Stadiums Queensland and the Department of Housing and Public Works to develop a precinct plan for the new Gabba Station.