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The Cross River Rail project will deliver 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 a bottleneck across the Brisbane River. It will get commuters home faster, help to deal with population growth and create thousands of jobs.

The funding challenge for a project of this size is significant, and will require cooperation of all levels of government. The immediate priority of the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority will be to work with all levels of government and with the private sector, to secure project funding.

On 14 June 2016 as part of the State Budget, the Queensland Government allocated $50 million for 2016-17 under the State Infrastructure Fund to support establishment of the CRR Delivery Authority.

On the basis of the strong economic return and the project’s capacity to transform South East Queensland, on 27 June 2016, as part of an allocation made to the State Infrastructure Fund in the State Budget, the Queensland Government made a further in-principle commitment of $800 million to deliver Cross River Rail, subject to matched funding by the federal government. This brings the total funding commitment by the Queensland Government to $850 million.

On 25 October 2016, the Commonwealth Government committed $10 million for the further planning of the project. The cooperation and support of the Commonwealth Government will help expedite the formation of the Delivery Authority and assist in the completion of early works. The Queensland Government is continuing to engage positively with all levels of Government.

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.

We have to do this now to manage growth and preserve our great local lifestyle as South East Queensland grows to almost five million people over the next 25 years.

Cross River Rail will create thousands of construction jobs. When it’s up and running, it will provide easier access to jobs, hospitals and other services right across South East Queensland.

Over 100 design and alignment options have been investigated as possible solutions to ease rail congestion, culminating in the preferred solution. The new Cross River Rail 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, less construction impacts and less operational risks, Cross River Rail is also the most cost effective solution.

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:

  • save up to 15 minutes if travelling from southern stations such as Beenleigh
  • save up to nine minutes if travelling from northern stations such as Petrie
  • save up to four minutes if travelling from western stations such as Darra
  • save 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 1,500 jobs each year over the five years of construction, and over 3,000 jobs in the most intensive year. When Cross River Rail is operational it will continue to generate and support approximately 570 jobs each year.

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 over 1 million public transport trips in the Brisbane metropolitan region each day.

The stations will be designed to meet a range of criteria including projected peak passenger activity, accessibility including lifts and escalators, fire safety, ventilation, and general passenger amenity. In general, the stations will have two platforms and be of sufficient length to cater for nine cars trains in the future.

The ‘look and feel’ and architectural design of stations will be further developed in upcoming phases of the project. This will take into account factors such as function, cost, project identity, achieving city building outcomes and integration with the surrounding urban environment.

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