Brisbane’s core transport bottleneck will soon be unlocked by the $5.4 billion dollar Cross River Rail project commencing in 2018.
Cross River Rail will increase the frequency of trains and will integrate with new busways and new roads providing South East Queensland with the modern metropolitan ‘turn-up-and-go’ transport system.
Providing direct access to more places of work, study and recreation for the region, the project includes four new underground stations at Boggo Road, Woolloongabba, Albert Street and Roma Street as well as station upgrades for the Dutton Park station and the Exhibition station which is estimated to be used by 164,000 passengers daily.
The 10.2km rail line will run between Dutton Park and Bowen Hills, which includes a 5.9km twin tunnel under the Brisbane River and Brisbane CBD.
Cross River Rail will integrate with proposed Brisbane Metro services and provide unique opportunities for property development, economic growth and revitalisation of these inner-city precincts at each new station.
It is expected to be operational after 2022.
What does this mean for Brisbane?
- Removing the transport bottleneck. SEQ’s population is forecast to grow from the 3.5 million today to 4.9 million in 2036. The increased capacity on the network will mean that 106 trains per hour will run in the am peak by 2036 compared to 66 per hour in 2016.
- Employment opportunities. During the five-year construction period, the project will create an average of 1500 jobs each year, and up to 3000 jobs in the most intensive year of the construction.
- Cross River Rail’s over station development will create opportunities for community green spaces as well as commercial and residential development opportunities. For example, the new Boggo Road station will release 300,000sqm of land for development opportunities.