2019 | ONGOING
South East Queensland’s population is rising, putting the transport network under pressure. The current rail network is already nearing capacity and is constrained by a single river crossing and just four inner-city stations, causing the bottleneck that limits the ability to run more trains. The $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project unlocks this bottleneck by delivering a second river crossing, allowing more trains to run more often and enabling a turn-up-and-go public transport system across the entire region, integrating with roads and bus services.
Cross River Rail is a new 10.2 kilometre rail line from Dutton Park to Bowen Hills, which includes 5.9 kilometres of tunnel under the Brisbane River and the CBD. The underground excavation will be completed mechanically with the use of two Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) of ca 7-meter diameter and conventionally for the remaining connections. Several cross passages will connect the twin tubes along its entire extension.
The project will also deliver four brand new underground stations at Boggo Road, Woolloongabba, Albert Street and Roma Street, as well as upgrades to Dutton Park and Exhibition stations.