Brisbane's inner-city rail network to shut down - what you need to know

RACQ has warned commuters Brisbane’s entire inner-city train network would be shut down over Easter (2 April – 7 April) as construction progressed on Cross River Rail.
Brisbane Easter Rail network changes

Club spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said roughly 140,000 journeys could potentially be impacted over the four-day rail disruption.

“Between Good Friday and Easter Monday trains heading into the city will terminate at Coopers Plains in the south, Lindum in the west, Northgate in the north and Roma Street in the east, with the rest of the service to be replaced by buses,” Ms Ritchie said.

“On top of this, there won’t be any trains operating at all on the Airport, Ferny Grove and Doomben lines, instead buses will service these routes.

“We really urge anyone who’ll need to travel around Brisbane over Easter, particularly those heading to the airport, to plan your trip and allow extra time as there’ll be significant disruptions and delays.”

Ms Ritchie said some rail closures would continue on Tuesday and Wednesday after Easter, potentially affecting 20,000 commuter journeys as people returned to work after the long weekend.

“On 6 and 7 April, the Beenleigh line will be closed between Yeerongpilly and Southbank while the Gold Coast service will divert via the Tennyson line – running express between Roma Street and Altandi in both directions,” she said.

“These trains will be replaced by buses, adding to the congestion on our already gridlocked roads and could increase journey times for both drivers and public transport commuters.

Unfortunately, this is a necessary inconvenience to progress Cross River Rail, and we encourage any impacted city workers to consider working from home if possible or re-routing your journey to avoid being impacted by the disruptions on our road and rail networks.”

Ms Ritchie reminded those who travelled between Fairfield and Salisbury there would be rolling track closures for the next three years starting from 19 April.

“Cross River Rail will close each of the six southern stations along that line to carry out major upgrades to the existing stations, including accessibility improvements,” she said.

“Yeronga will be the first station to close and will stay shut for approximately six months while works are carried out before moving onto the next station.

“Trains will continue to run as normal along the line but won’t be stopping at the closed stations while buses will ferry commuters to nearby stations and bus connections, which is likely to add to traffic congestion on Fairfield Road.

“If you use Yeronga Station, you will need to find an alternative route from 19 April, whether you chose to commute from a different nearby station, catch the bus or use another form of transport, we urge you to plan ahead to avoid being caught out.”

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