Roma Street closures as Cross River Rail ramps up

RACQ has warned Brisbane drivers to brace themselves for road closures on Roma Street this weekend, as construction on the Cross River Rail project reached a new stage.

A section of Roma Street eastbound, between Countess and Herschel Street, would be shut from midnight on Friday 6 December through until 5am Monday 9 December.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said the closure would allow an 85-metre-tall tower crane to be assembled ahead of works to demolish Hotel Jen and the East Tower of the Brisbane Transit Centre and construct the new Roma Street station.

“This is one of the first major closures we’ve seen as part of the Cross River Rail project but ultimately this is short term pain for long term gain for drivers,” Ms Ritchie said.

“Drivers will be redirected this weekend via Skew Street, Petrie Terrace, North Quay and Herschel Street. 

“A section of footpath and two bus stops will also be shut on the eastbound side of Roma Street, but westbound access will be maintained including entry into the Transit Centre car park.

“We know many people like to come into the city for the weekend, so it’s important drivers plan ahead to avoid be caught out.”

Ms Ritchie said while this weekend’s closure would be short-lived, drivers were warned to expect more frequent closures next year as construction progressed.

“As the Cross River Rail project progresses we will experience even more changes to our regular routes around Brisbane, so it’s important to check RACQ’s Road Conditions website before you head off to view the latest traffic delays and travel information.”

More information could be found on Cross River Rail’s website.