Cross River Rail forces CBD road closure
The State’s peak motoring body has urged Brisbane drivers to brace for permanent CBD road closures ahead of the construction of the Albert Street station of the upcoming Cross River Rail project.
From Sunday 29 September, a 120 metre section of Albert Street, between Mary and Charlotte Streets, would permanently close to all vehicles to make way for the first new train station to be built in the CBD in more than 120 years.
RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said the closure would see up to 500 vehicles detoured on surrounding streets during the morning and afternoon peak periods.
“While this change may cause some initial frustration, it’s a vital first step for this important project which will provide a better public transport system for Brisbane,” Ms Ritchie said.
“The closure will mean the end of an era for cars travelling on this section of Albert Street, as this section will be transformed into green space, but we’re pleased nearby businesses can remain open and accessible.
“Signage will be in place to help detour drivers around the area and temporary pedestrian paths will be in place for those getting around on foot.”
Ms Ritchie said the new station would improve connections to the Botantic Gardens and QUT Gardens Point, and other precincts like the Queen Street Mall, Eagle Street and future Queen’s Wharf.
“The Albert Street station, in particular, will provide around 67,000 commuters with access into the heart of the city every weekday by 2036, and become Queensland’s busiest rail station,” she said.
“We know Cross River Rail is one of the keys to unlocking Brisbane’s bottlenecks and will help get people out of their cars and onto public transport.
“We hope this momentum continues as work progresses on other stages of the project, so it remains on track for completion in 2024.”
The latest road closures and traffic information could be viewed on RACQ’s Road Conditions website.