Road closures on Albert Street as CRR takes shape

RACQ has warned motorists to be aware Albert Street would have further closures from Monday 27 July, as work began on the second entrance for Cross River Rail’s underground CBD station.

Club spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said Albert Street would be closed to all traffic between Charlotte and Elizabeth Streets but pedestrians would still have access, as well as vehicles which needed to get to the Royal Albert Hotel.

“If you normally travel along Albert Street where it will be closed on Monday, please slow down and be on the lookout for changed traffic conditions,” Ms Ritchie said.

“Before COVID-19, we know more than 3500 vehicles were turning from Charlotte Street into Albert Street between 6am and 10pm every day, so this will impact lots of motorists.

“Please be prepared for some congestion during peak periods, as there are also construction sites on George, Mary and Charlotte Streets.”

Ms Ritchie urged motorists to be patient as the works continued, as it would be short-term pain for long-term gain.

“When complete, the 10.2 kilometre rail line from Dutton Park to Bowen Hills, which includes 5.9 kilometres of twin tunnels under the Brisbane River and CBD, will help bust congestion and provide better connectivity,” she said.

“For now, please check your journey before you hit the road at RACQ Road Conditions so you can allow extra travel time if you need to.

“The taxi rank on Albert Street has also been closed permanently and relocated to Charlotte Street to make way for the Cross River Rail station. 

“It started operating earlier this week to make sure taxis can still be accessed to anyone who needs them.”