Cross River Rail construction kicks off

Construction of the biggest transport project in Brisbane’s history has commenced, with drilling for the 5.9km tunnel now underway.

Courier Mail reported Premier Anastasia Palaszczuk confirmed heavy work had started on the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project yesterday.

RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith said the Club was pleased work had begun as the south east Queensland transport network relied on the project’s completion.

“Cross River Rail is a vital project which will eventually reduce the pressure on our already-congested transport system,” Ms Smith said.

“It will take seven years to complete the project and by then we’ll have significant growth in the number of commuters across the region. This is good news Cross River Rail is on its way, but we can expect traffic to get worse before it gets better.”

Premier Palaszczuk said work to build the tunnel under the Brisbane River from Dutton Park to Roma Street Station was the first job for project team.

“Over the next few months, Queenslanders will see activity ramp up, with the demolition of the Go Print site and the relocation of electrical substations.”