Cross River Rail blast to give CBD the shakes

RACQ has warned motorists and pedestrians underground blasting would be tested at the Cross River Rail construction site this afternoon (Wednesday 8 July) at 2:55pm in the Brisbane CBD.

Club spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said the test would happen at the site of the new Albert Street underground station ahead of controlled blasting between late July through to August.

“Ultimately this is about speeding up excavation works which will lessen the time construction takes in the area, which is great news for motorists and pedestrians,” Ms Ritchie said.

“If you’re in close proximity to the site this afternoon you may hear a sound similar to rumbling thunder and feel only a slight vibration.

“Please keep a lookout for any changed pedestrian and traffic conditions that may be in place.”

Ms Ritchie said underground test blasting would also take place at the new Woolloongabba station site later this month.

“Once the real blasting begins, there may be pedestrian and traffic changes around the sites, so please keep up to date on the Cross River Rail website,” she said.

“Residents will be notified at least 48 hours before the blast and a siren will sound immediately before.”