Cross River Rail consortium: proof of progress

The Palaszczuk Government on Thursday announced a major works package to construct the 10.2 kilometre rail line between Dutton Park and Bowen Hills, a 5.9 kilometre twin tunnel under the Brisbane River and CBD, four new underground stations and upgrades to existing stations.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said the Club supported the progress and it was proof the project was well and truly on track.

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“With our CBD ever-growing, the need to provide greater capacity and improved connectivity is now more crucial than ever,” Dr Michael said.

“We know the Cross River Rail will provide Brisbane commuters with a viable alternative to using their cars and improve the existing rail alignment through the inner city, so it’s really positive to see plans progress and we look forward to seeing that continue.”

As substantial development would occur in the CBD in the coming years, Dr Michael said the Club hoped to see a coordinated approach to its delivery.

“It’s certainly an exciting time for the River City with projects like the Cross River Rail, and Brisbane Live developments getting off the ground, but that won’t come without some pain to transport users. We hope traffic management plans will be integrated to minimise the impacts and effectively manage congestion around construction sites,” she said.

The consortia, which included Pulse, Unity and Hitatchi Rail STS, would establish a site presence from late 2019, with the project expected to be ready to service the south east by 2024.