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The population in SEQ is forecast to grow from 3.5 million today to 4.9 million in 2036. While over 80 per cent of that growth is occurring outside the Brisbane local government area, in the same time period 45 per cent of SEQ jobs growth will be concentrated inside the Brisbane metropolitan area.

Driven by population and employment growth in the region, demand for passenger rail services is forecast to almost triple by 2036. This means that getting people to and from Brisbane will be of critical importance.

A single train line over the Brisbane River with capacity for just 24 trains per hour is already running as many as 21 per hour.

Cross River Rail will remove this bottleneck by doubling the capacity across the River and allowing more trains to run more often along every major train line.

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