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Cross River Rail is critical to transforming South East Queensland’s public transport and economy.

It will deliver a new 10.2 kilometre rail line between Dutton Park and Bowen Hills, with 5.9 kilometres of tunnel under the Brisbane River and CBD. New, high capacity stations at four inner city locations and an upgrade of the Exhibition station will provide direct access to more places of work, study and recreation.

By removing a bottleneck across the Brisbane River, Cross River Rail will free up the transport network right across South East Queensland. It will provide better connections for public transport users, get commuters home faster, help manage population growth and create thousands of jobs.

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With the South East Queensland population forecast to reach almost 5 million people by 2036, Cross River Rail is critical to help deal with population growth and preserving our great local lifestyle.

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South East Queensland Benefits

Cross River Rail will free up the transport network right across South East Queensland by removing a bottleneck across the Brisbane River. By opening up the inner city rail network and improving transport connections across the region, it will provide a critical boost to the South East Queensland economy.

Cross River Rail will get commuters home faster, help to manage population growth and create thousands of jobs. This is the start of something big.

Hover over your region on the map to find out how Cross River Rail will benefit your area.

Gold Coast

Australia’s sixth largest city, the Gold Coast attracts over 12 million visitors and approximately 12,500 new residents each year. Supporting the growth of one of Australia’s fastest growing cities, Cross River Rail will provide:

  • More frequent turn-up-and-go services, with a train leaving no more than every 5 minutes during peak periods.
  • Travel time savings of up to 15 minutes for journeys from the Gold Coast to the southern CBD.
  • More than 8,600 extra peak hour seats into the city on the Gold Coast and Beenleigh lines.
  • Direct connections between Gold Coast and Brisbane’s major lifestyle, employment, health and knowledge precincts.
  • Additional network capacity, allowing further extension of the Gold Coast line.

Scenic Rim

Cross River Rail will free up capacity in the existing SEQ rail network, allowing more regional extensions including the Salisbury to Beaudesert extension.

Logan

With an objective of creating 53,000 new jobs in coming years, Logan City is key to supporting South East Queensland’s continued regional population and economic growth. Cross River Rail will improve connectivity to this region, through providing:

  • Additional network capacity, allowing the Salisbury to Flagstone extension to go ahead.
  • Turn-up-and-go services, with a train leaving no more than every 10 minutes during peak periods.
  • Travel time savings of up to 15 minutes for commuters travelling from Beenleigh to the southern CBD.
  • More than 8,600 extra peak hour seats into the city on the Gold Coast and Beenleigh lines.
  • Improved public transport connections, supporting population and economic growth in major centres like Beenleigh.

Ipswich

The population of Ipswich is forecast to more than double over the next 20 years, alongside major business and industrial development. Cross River Rail will improve connectivity and support the growth of Ipswich, including:

  • More frequent turn-up-and-go services, with a train leaving both Ipswich and Springfield every 6 minutes on average during peak periods.
  • An average time saving 6 minutes commuting from Ipswich or Springfield to the southern CBD.
  • Better access to employees and customers across the region for growing business and industrial areas.
  • An extra 3,200 peak hour seats on the Ipswich and Springfield lines.
  • Allow more regional extensions, including the Ipswich to Springfield connection.

Lockyer Valley

Cross River Rail will allow for more frequent services to Ipswich and Rosewood and reduce travel times for commuters from the Lockyer Valley.

Somerset

Cross River Rail will allow for more frequent services to Ipswich and Rosewood and reduce travel times for commuters from the Somerset Region.

Sunshine Coast

By 2041, the population of the Sunshine Coast is expected to grow from the current 287,500 to almost 500,000. Cross River Rail will deliver a multitude of benefits for this growing region, including:

  • An extra 5,400 peak hour seats on the North Coast and Redcliffe Peninsula lines.
  • An average time saving of 8 minutes when travelling from the Sunshine Coast to the southern CBD. 
  • Allow more regional extensions, including to Caloundra and Maroochydore.
  • Improve access to educational opportunities at Petrie (new university on old Paper Mill site), the CBD and all over South East Queensland.
  • Improve access for visitors, with lower congestion on the road network and improved rail connections, boosting the tourism industry on the Sunshine Coast.

Moreton Bay

The key growth corridor north of Brisbane, the rate of population growth in the Moreton Bay Region is set to outstrip that of South East Queensland. Cross River Rail will support this exponential growth, through delivering:

  • Increased network capacity, allowing more frequent services on the Redcliffe Peninsula line.
  • Travel time savings of up to 9 minutes for commuters travelling from Petrie to the southern CBD.
  • An extra 5,400 peak hour seats on the North Coast and Redcliffe Peninsula lines.

Redlands

Redlands will experience moderate population growth over the next 20 years, with a focus on maintaining lifestyle and connectivity to city services. Cross River Rail is vital to supporting those ambitions through local benefits including:

  • More frequent turn-up-and-go services, with a train leaving every 6 minutes on average during peak periods.
  • An average time saving of 14 minutes commuting from Cleveland to the southern CBD.
  • More than 1,800 extra peak hour seats into the city on the Cleveland line.

Brisbane

Cross River Rail is the Queensland Government’s highest priority infrastructure project and an important part of our vision to cater for future growth, unlock economic opportunities and make Queensland a more internationally competitive state.

A 10.2 kilometre link from Dutton Park to Bowen Hills, with 5.9 kilometres of tunnel under the Brisbane River and CBD, Cross River Rail will connect to both northern and southern rail networks from day one of operations, providing significant benefits to commuters from both directions. This second rail river crossing will ease congestion, improve network reliability and increase accessibility to the Brisbane CBD, allowing more people to travel longer distances, with shorter journey times.

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