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Cross River Rail will unlock a bottleneck at the core of our transport network that will allow more trains to run more often and that will integrate with new busways and new roads to provide a ‘turn-up-and-go’ transport system for the whole of South East Queensland.

Five new, high-capacity stations at inner-city locations will also provide direct access to more places of work, study and recreation for all of us.

Cross River Rail route

Cross River Rail is a 10.2km rail line between Dutton Park and Bowen Hills, that includes a 5.9km twin tunnel under the Brisbane River and Brisbane CBD.

The project also includes construction of four new high-capacity underground stations at Boggo Road, Woolloongabba, Albert Street, Roma Street and redevelopment of two existing over ground stations at Dutton Park and the Exhibition. Cross River Rail will integrate with proposed Brisbane Metro services, as detailed below.

Boggo Road Station

Boggo Road

Woolloongabba Station

Woolloongabba

Albert Street Station

Albert Street

Roma Street Station

Roma Street

Exhibition Station

Exhibition

South East Queensland Benefits

Cross River Rail will improve our quality of life and help our economy to keep growing through the generation of jobs, by activating urban development and by providing better access to more places of work, study and recreation.

By removing a bottleneck at the core of South East Queensland’s rail network, Cross River Rail will allow more trains to run more often across the whole of South East Queensland.

Gold Coast

What Cross River Rail will mean for the Gold Coast:

  • a train leaving the Gold Coast for Brisbane every 5 minutes on average during the peak
  • an extra 3150 seats in the peak for a more comfortable journey
  • fewer road users on the Pacific Motorway, as 47,000 people in SEQ will travel by rail instead
  • better connectivity with other public transport networks, including Gold Coast Light Rail
  • direct access by rail for the first time to the southern end of the Brisbane CBD at the new Albert Street station.

Scenic Rim

What will Cross River Rail mean for the Scenic Rim:

  • a train leaving every 5 minutes on average during the peak on the Ipswich/Rosewood line
  • a train leaving every 2 minutes on the Gold Coast/Beenleigh (and Flagstone) lines
  • fewer road users on key arterial roads, as 47,000 people in SEQ travel by rail instead
  • better connectivity to other public transport
  • increased capacity on the network will make future rail extensions, such as the Salisbury to Beaudesert, possible.

Logan

What Cross River Rail will mean for Logan:

  • a train leaving every 2 minutes on average on the Gold Coast/Beenleigh (and Flagstone) line during peak periods
  • an extra 8550 seats into Brisbane CBD for a more comfortable journey
  • fewer road users on the Pacific Motorway and Kingston Road, as 47,000 people in SEQ will travel by rail instead
  • direct access to the southern end of the Brisbane CBD by rail for the first time at the new Albert Street station
  • increased capacity on the network will make future rail extensions, such as the Salisbury line to Flagstone, possible.

Ipswich

What Cross River Rail will mean for Ipswich:

  • a train leaving every 5 minutes on average during the peak on both the Ipswich and Springfield lines
  • fewer road users on the Ipswich Motorway and Centenary Highway, as 47,000 people in SEQ will travel by rail instead
  • an extra 1800 seats into the city on both the Ipswich and Springfield lines
  • direct access to the southern CBD by rail for the first time at the new Albert Street station
  • extra capacity on the network future rail extensions to Ripley and Redbank Plains are made possible.

Lockyer Valley

What Cross River Rail will mean for Lockyer Valley:

  • a train leaving every 5 minutes on average during the peak on the Ipswich/Rosewood line
  • fewer road users on key arterial roads, as 47,000 people in SEQ travel by rail instead
  • an extra 1800 seats into the city on the Ipswich/Rosewood line.

Somerset

What will Cross River Rail mean for Somerset:

  • fewer road users on key arterial roads, as 47,000 people in SEQ travel by rail instead
  • a train leaving every 5 minutes on average during peak periods from Caboolture and Kippa Ring
  • a train leaving every 5 minutes on average during the peak on the Ipswich/Rosewood line
  • better connectivity to other public transport.

Sunshine Coast

What Cross River Rail will mean for the Sunshine Coast:

  • a train leaving the Sunshine Coast for Brisbane every 6 minutes on average during the morning peak
  • an extra 3150 seats for a more comfortable journey
  • direct access by rail to the southern end of the Brisbane CBD for the first time at the new Albert Street station
  • all Sunshine Coast line services travelling through the new tunnel under the Brisbane River, providing direct access by rail to Woolloongabba
  • fewer road users on the Bruce Highway, as 47,000 people in SEQ will travel by rail instead.

Moreton Bay

What Cross River Rail will mean for Moreton Bay:

  • a train leaving every 5 minutes on average during peak periods from Caboolture and Kippa Ring
  • an extra 3600 seats on the Caboolture, Shorncliffe and Redcliffe Peninsula lines in the peak
  • fewer road users on Bruce Highway, as 47,000 people in SEQ will travel by rail instead
  • direct access to the southern CBD by rail for the first time via the new Albert Street station.

Redlands

What Cross River Rail will mean for the Redlands:

  • a train leaving every 5.5 minutes on average during peak periods on the Cleveland line
  • an extra 1350 seats for a more comfortable journey
  • easier travel from Brisbane for visitors to Redlands and Moreton Bay Islands
  • fewer road users on Old Cleveland and Wynnum Roads, as 47,000 people in SEQ will travel by rail instead
  • better connectivity with other public transport.

Brisbane

What Cross River Rail will mean for Brisbane:

  • an additional 40 trains per hour across all lines travelling into the city in the morning peak
  • an additional 17,840 seats across all lines in the peak
  • direct access by rail to the southern end of the Brisbane CBD for the first time at the new Albert Street station
  • fewer road users on key feeder roads into Brisbane, as 47,000 people in SEQ will travel by rail instead.

Frequently asked questions

Cross River Rail will be delivered in partnership with the private sector through two major packages of work.

A Tunnel, Stations and Development public-private partnership will deliver the underground section of the project, including the tunnel from Dutton Park to Normanby, the construction of four new, state-of-the-art underground stations at Boggo Road, Woolloongabba, Albert Street and Roma Street and an upgrade to Dutton Park Station. The TSD will also provide a property development opportunity above Albert Street station.

A Rail, Integration and Systems Alliance will deliver the design, supply and installation of the supporting rail systems and integration of Cross River Rail into Queensland Rail’s train network and upgrade to Exhibition Station.

The tender process for the major works packages is in progress and once completed we will move into the construction phase of the project.

Cross River Rail is a 10.2 kilometre rail line between Dutton Park and Bowen Hills which includes 5.9 kilometres of tunnel under the Brisbane River and the CBD. The project also 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.

Cross River Rail will unlock a bottleneck at the core of our transport network that will allow more trains to run more often and will integrate with new busways and new roads to provide a ‘turn-up-and-go’ transport system for the whole of South East Queensland.

In June 2017, the Queensland Government committed to fully fund the Cross River Rail project.

The 2017-2018 State Budget allocated $2.8 billion for Cross River Rail with a further $2.6 billion committed over subsequent years.

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.

By removing the bottleneck at the core of South East Queensland’s rail network, Cross River Rail will allow more trains to run more often across the whole of South East Queensland.

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.

More frequent peak hour trains in the am peak:

  • a train leaving every 5 minutes from Caboolture
  • a train leaving every 5 minutes from Redcliffe
  • a train leaving every 6 minutes from Sunshine Coast
  • a train leaving every 7.5 minutes from Shorncliffe and Northgate
  • a train leaving every 5 minutes from Gold Coast
  • a train leaving every 5.5 minutes from Cleveland
  • a train leaving every 5 minutes from Ipswich
  • a train leaving every 5 minutes from Springfield

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.

Jobs are listed on the Opportunities page, please check regularly to seek out opportunities.

Cross River Rail will be delivered in partnership with the private sector through two major packages of work. The tender process for this work is in progress and once completed we will move into the construction phase of the project.

Once the project is in the construction phase, links to available jobs will also be listed on our Opportunities page.

There will be four new underground stations at: Boggo Road, Woolloongabba, Albert Street and Roma Street.

Two existing stations will get an upgrade as part of the Cross River Rail project: Dutton Park and Exhibition which will become an all year-round station, instead of only opening for the annual RNA Show.

Once construction of each of the four underground stations is completed, land above and around the station will become available for development.

Cross River Rail’s over station development will create opportunities for community green spaces as well as commercial and residential development opportunities.

The new Boggo Road station, for example, will open up 300,000 square metres of land for development.

A tunnel portal is where the tunnel connects with the surface. When looking at the map the tunnel portal is where the trains will enter and exit the tunnel.

Cross River Rail will be delivered in partnership with the private sector through two major packages of work. The tender process for this work is in progress, once completed we will move into the construction phase of the project.

Early Works have begun with a program of geotechnical investigations and borehole drilling nearing completion. Additionally, the Woolloongabba site is in the process of being cleared in readiness to become the staging area for the large Tunnel Boring Machines which will dig the twin tunnel.

You can register here to receive updates to help you stay up to date with the project’s progress.

Cross River Rail will be operational by 2024.

Environmental management

Outline Environmental Management Plan

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Construction Environmental Management Plan

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