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Cross River Rail is a 10.2 kilometre rail line between Dutton Park and Bowen Hills which includes 5.9 kilometres of tunnel under the Brisbane River and the CBD. The project also includes four new underground stations at Boggo Road, Woolloongabba, Albert Street and Roma Street as well as station upgrades for the Dutton Park station and the Exhibition station.

Cross River Rail will unlock a bottleneck at the core of our transport network that will allow more trains to run more often and will integrate with new busways and new roads to provide a ‘turn-up-and-go’ transport system for the whole of South East Queensland.

The population in SEQ is forecast to grow from 3.5 million today to 4.9 million in 2036. While over 80 per cent of that growth is occurring outside the Brisbane local government area, in the same time period 45 per cent of SEQ jobs growth will be concentrated inside the Brisbane metropolitan area.

Driven by population and employment growth in the region, demand for passenger rail services is forecast to almost triple by 2036. This means that getting people to and from Brisbane will be of critical importance.

A single train line over the Brisbane River with capacity for just 24 trains per hour is already running as many as 21 per hour.

Cross River Rail will remove this bottleneck by doubling the capacity across the River and allowing more trains to run more often along every major train line.

There will be four new underground stations at: Boggo Road, Woolloongabba, Albert Street and Roma Street.

Two existing stations will get an upgrade as part of the Cross River Rail project: Dutton Park and Exhibition which will become an all year-round station, instead of only opening for the annual RNA Show.

By removing the bottleneck at the core of South East Queensland’s rail network, Cross River Rail will allow more trains to run more often, across the whole of South East Queensland.

Services on the Beenleigh, Gold Coast, Redcliffe Peninsula, Caboolture and Sunshine Coast lines are expected to directly operate through Cross River Rail’s 5.9-kilometre twin tunnels.

Services on the Cleveland, Doomben, Shorncliffe, Ipswich/ Rosewood and Springfield lines will have connections with Cross River Rail at key transfer points, including Boggo Road and Roma Street stations.

Cross River Rail will provide the capacity for:

  • a train leaving for Brisbane every 5 minutes on average in the morning peak on the Caboolture line;
  • a train leaving for Brisbane every 15 minutes on average in the morning peak on the Nambour line north of Caboolture;
  • a train leaving for Brisbane every 5 minutes on average in the morning peak on the Redcliffe Peninsula line;
  • a train leaving for Brisbane every 5 minutes on average in the morning peak on the Gold Coast;
  • a train leaving for Brisbane every 6 minutes on average in the morning peak on the Beenleigh line at Loganlea;
  • a train leaving every 5.5 minutes on average to Brisbane on the Cleveland line from Manly station in the morning peak;
  • a train leaving every 15 minutes on average to Brisbane on the Cleveland line southeast of Manly station;
  • a train leaving for Brisbane every 15 minutes on average in the morning peak on the Ipswich/Rosewood line;
  • a train leaving for Brisbane every 5 minutes on average in the morning peak from Ipswich Station; and
  • a train leaving for Brisbane every 5 minutes on average during the morning peak on the Springfield line.

In June 2017, the Queensland Government committed to fully fund the Cross River Rail project.

The 2017-2018 State Budget allocated $2.8 billion for Cross River Rail with a further $2.6 billion committed over subsequent years.

Cross River Rail will be delivered in partnership with the private sector through two major packages of work. The tender process for this work is in progress, once completed we will move into the construction phase of the project.

Early Works have begun with a program of geotechnical investigations and borehole drilling nearing completion. Additionally, the Woolloongabba site is in the process of being cleared in readiness to become the staging area for the large Tunnel Boring Machines which will dig the twin tunnel.

You can register here to receive updates to help you stay up to date with the project’s progress.

Cross River Rail will be operational by 2024.

Cross River Rail will be delivered in partnership with the private sector through two major packages of work.

A Tunnel, Stations and Development public-private partnership will deliver the underground section of the project, including the tunnel from Dutton Park to Normanby, the construction of four new, state-of-the-art underground stations at Boggo Road, Woolloongabba, Albert Street and Roma Street and an upgrade to Dutton Park Station. The TSD will also provide a property development opportunity above Albert Street station.

A Rail, Integration and Systems Alliance will deliver the design, supply and installation of the supporting rail systems and integration of Cross River Rail into Queensland Rail’s train network and upgrade to Exhibition Station.

The tender process for the major works packages is in progress and once completed we will move into the construction phase of the project.

During the five-year construction period, the project will create an average of 1500 jobs each year, and up to 3000 jobs in the most intensive year of the construction.

Jobs are listed on the Opportunities page, please check regularly to seek out opportunities.

Cross River Rail will be delivered in partnership with the private sector through two major packages of work. The tender process for this work is in progress and once completed we will move into the construction phase of the project.

Once the project is in the construction phase, links to available jobs will also be listed on our Opportunities page.

Once construction of each of the four underground stations is completed, land above and around the station will become available for development.

Cross River Rail’s over station development will create opportunities for community green spaces as well as commercial and residential development opportunities.

The new Boggo Road station, for example, will open up 300,000 square metres of land for development.

A tunnel portal is where the tunnel connects with the surface. When looking at the map the tunnel portal is where the trains will enter and exit the tunnel.

When a change to a project is required after the publication of the Coordinator-General’s report on the project’s Environmental Impact Statement or the Impact Assessment Report, the Coordinator-General may be asked to evaluate the proposed change.

The request for project change submitted to the Coordinator-General must contain:

  • a description of the proposed change and its effect on the project
  • the reasons for the proposed change
  • adequate material to enable the Coordinator-General to evaluate the environmental impacts of the proposed change.

In evaluating the proposed change to a project, the Coordinator-General will consider:

  • nature of the proposed change and its effect on the project
  • environmental impacts of the proposed change
  • any properly made submissions from the public on the application for project change
  • any other material deemed relevant by the Coordinator-General.

You can find out more about this process here.

You can review Project changes relating to Cross River Rail at the Department for State Development website.