CGC Projects in Focus - Cross River Rail, Brisbane
Continuing our CGC Projects in Focus blog series this week we are highlighting the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project in Brisbane – a new 10.2-kilometre rail line.
Recognised as Queensland’s highest priority infrastructure project, it will unlock the bottleneck at the core of the transport network. Allowing more trains to run more often to enable a turn-up-and-go transport system for the whole of South East Queensland.
The new line and high-capacity stations will generate unique opportunities for construction, urban renewal, economic development and revitalisation of inner-city precincts. Continuing Brisbane’s evolution as a world-class city and providing many employment opportunities.
Announced in August 2017, Cross River Rail is set to be a 10.2-kilometre line that spans from Dutton Park all the way to Bowen Hills in Brisbane. It's expected to be completed by 2024 and will include a twin 5.9-kilometre tunnel under the CBD and Brisbane river.
Population numbers in South East Queensland are expected to grow by 1.4 million by 2036. Although only 20 per cent of this growth is occurring directly within the Brisbane local area, 45 per cent of growth associated with jobs will be within its metropolitan boundaries. As a result, transport demands are set to increase, with rail needs likely tripling. Currently, there is only one line across the river, which is running close to full capacity. The number of trains running will double in number upon the completion of the Cross River Rail project.
New stations and train frequency
Cross River Rail will not only create new train capacity for Brisbane as it evolves and grows, but it will also provide five high-capacity train stations where they are needed most: Boggo Road, Woolloongabba, Albert Street, Roma Street and Exhibition, which will be used by 164,000 passengers daily. During peak times, trains will be able to run every five minutes from Brisbane on most lines.
New job opportunities
More than just a rail project, Cross River Rail will enable a turn-up-and-go transport network, will stimulate urban development and generate 1,500 new jobs each year, including across engineering, construction and infrastructure sectors. This is expected to boost the economy and through urban regeneration make the area much more attractive.
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