Cross River Rail station to transform Gabba accessibility and safety

The State’s peak motoring body has welcomed news the future Cross River Rail (CRR) Gabba station precinct would improve accessibility to the sporting venue and make it safer for pedestrians.

The Queensland Government announced the new design for the Gabba station precinct would include a land bridge spanning Main Street at Kangaroo Point which would provide safe access to the stadium.

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RACQ spokesperson Paul Turner said the move would not only improve safety by separating pedestrians from traffic in this busy area, but also minimise pedestrian congestion on days when there were large events at the venue.

“Currently on game and event days we have huge numbers of pedestrians trying to navigate streets in the Woolloongabba area where there are busy roads. This land bridge we’ll have when CRR is constructed will make the whole area safer for those on foot,” Mr Turner said.

“It’ll also minimise pedestrian congestion both into the stadium but also onto rail and bus services – this will be important so CRR, and the city’s other major public transport project Brisbane Metro, can operate efficiently.”

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the project, set to be constructed by 2024, would transform public transport options for those coming into the area.

“While a station to stadium connection will make game days easier for fans and families, new and improved public spaces and facilities will encourage even more visitors to the suburb outside of major event days,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“Cross River Rail will deliver turn-up-and-go frequency public transport across the network, meaning fans from across south east Queensland will find it even easier to jump on a train and get down to support the mighty Brisbane Lions or the Brisbane Heat.”

The Cross River Rail Delivery Authority would work in partnership with Brisbane City Council, Stadiums Queensland and the Department of Housing and Public Works to develop a precinct plan for the new Gabba Station.