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Cross River Rail will build a new 10.2 kilometre rail line between Dutton Park and Bowen Hills, including 5.9 kilometres of tunnel under the Brisbane River and the 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.

Cross River Rail will free up the transport network right across South East Queensland by removing the bottleneck across the Brisbane River. It will get commuters home faster, help to deal with population growth and create thousands of jobs.

2017–18 State Budget

The Queensland Government’s 2017–18 State Budget has provided a full funding commitment for the $5.409 billion Cross River Rail project.

This funding means shovels in the ground by the end of the year and Cross River Rail up and running by 2024.

This funding means real jobs for thousands of Queenslanders – 1500 per year during each year of construction – as the project ramps up.

Industry can also begin planning, with certainty, how to work with the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority to progress this project.

The funding will allow the Delivery Authority to continue to work with Brisbane City Council to ensure that Cross River Rail and Brisbane Metro deliver an integrated transport network, supporting a region that is smart, prosperous, well-designed, accessible and connected.

Timeline of previous funding announcements

2017–18 Federal Budget – no funding allocation for Cross River Rail, though the project is eligible to compete for a share of a $10 billion National Rail Program. No funds are available from the program until 2019.

2016–17 State Budget – Queensland Government allocated $50 million, under the State Infrastructure Fund, to establish the CRRDA and facilitate environmental approvals.

A further in-principle commitment of $800 million was made by the Queensland Government, subject to matched funding by the Federal Government. This brought the total Queensland Government funding commitment to $850 million.

On 25 October 2016, the Commonwealth Government committed $10 million for further project planning.

Cross River Rail is part of the Queensland Government’s transport vision across South East Queensland, a vision which is shared by Brisbane City Council. The Cross River Rail Delivery Authority is working with Brisbane City Council to deliver an integrated transport solution, built on both Cross River Rail and Brisbane Metro, that will relieve congestion issues across the network. Read Connecting Brisbane for more information.

With all passenger rail lines using the same four inner city stations and a single CBD rail crossing of the Brisbane River, there’s a serious bottleneck at the core of South East Queensland’s transport system. This bottleneck doesn’t just slow trains right across the rail network; it causes traffic congestion on our roads and slows down our buses too.

Cross River Rail clears this bottleneck. It will ease congestion by taking up to 18,500 cars trips off the road by 2036 – the equivalent of more than 300 full buses a day.

More than 100 options were investigated as possible solutions to ease rail congestion, culminating in our current design.

This design provides superior capacity and connectivity to the north and south, as well as opportunities for future expansion of the SEQ rail network.

With a shorter route, fewer construction impacts and fewer operational risks, Cross River Rail is also the most cost effective solution. The Request for Project Change, as part of the Environmental Impact Study, was approved by the Coordinator-General on 8 June, 2017.

By freeing up parts of the inner-city network, Cross River Rail will allow more frequent services in response to increasing demand. It will also improve the reliability of journey times because the network will not be operating at or beyond its limit.

Cross River Rail will allow rail services to expand into new growth areas, offering faster travel times for these communities. Cross River Rail could see the capacity of the inner city network increase from 86 trains per hour to 134 trains per hour during the morning peak period.

Cross River Rail will reduce the percentage of commuters standing on Gold Coast trains to less than 25 per cent and those standing longer than 20 minutes to less than five per cent in 2036.

Passengers will get to the southern CBD faster:

  • saving up to 15 minutes if travelling from southern stations such as Beenleigh
  • saving up to nine minutes if travelling from northern stations such as Petrie
  • saving up to four minutes if travelling from western stations such as Darra
  • saving up to 14 minutes if travelling from eastern stations such as Manly.

More frequent peak hour trains:

  • a train leaving every six minutes from a Caboolture, Sunshine Coast or Redcliffe Peninsula line station
  • a train leaving every five minutes from a Beenleigh or Gold Coast line station
  • a train leaving every six minutes from a Cleveland line station
  • a train leaving every six minutes from an Ipswich or Springfield line station.

Cross River Rail will generate approximately 1500 jobs each year over the five years of construction, and more than 3000 jobs in the most intensive year.

Thousands of new jobs will be supported in and around new station precincts.

Reducing congestion on our roads will also benefit business. Employers will be able to access larger employee pools as more skilled workers will be within commuting distance.

While most residential growth is expected to be outside Brisbane in areas such as the Gold Coast, Logan, Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay and Ipswich, almost half of total jobs growth will remain in Brisbane. Jobs in the Brisbane area are forecast to grow by almost 450,000 by 2031 and subsequently, we could see more than 1 million public transport trips in the Brisbane metropolitan region each day.

The stations are being designed to meet a range of criteria including projected peak passenger activity, accessibility including lifts and escalators, fire safety, ventilation, and passenger amenity. Each station will have two platforms and be long enough to support larger trains in the future.

Procurement of major works will take up to 18 months and major construction could commence in late 2018 and will be operational by 2024.

You’ll start to see more activity in the coming months as the CRRDA prepares for early works including geotechnical and soil and surface investigations and the demolition of the GoPrint site, which will be the future location of Cross River Rail’s new Woolloongabba Station.

This marks the start of the $5.4 billion city-shaping project.

A tunnel portal is where the tunnel meets the land’s surface. In context of the map shown on the website, it is where the trains will enter and exit the tunnel.