Major transport project set to transform SE Qld

South east Queensland is set to benefit from an improved and more efficient public transport system thanks to a major rail project that will reduce congestion across the Brisbane River.

There is currently a single rail river crossing and just four inner-city stations, causing a bottleneck and reducing the number of trains that can run each day.

The $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project is a 10.2km rail line, which includes 5.9 kilometres of twin tunnels under the Brisbane River and Brisbane CBD. This will deliver a second river crossing so trains can run more regularly. It will also integrate with new roads and bus services and improve transport options across south east Queensland.

“Cross River Rail will also be one of Queensland’s most important job generating projects and will support economic growth and employment for Queenslanders for years to come,” ICN consultant Nimmi Pushparajan said.

“The project will increase public transport network services, their connectivity and encourage more people to use public transport, helping to ease congestion on major arterial roads.

“It will also improve quality of life, help the economy keep growing, generate thousands of jobs and activate urban development, across the whole of South East Queensland.”

Cross River Rail will generate 7,700 jobs over the life of the project and 450 apprentice and trainee opportunities.

 The project will be delivered by the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority in partnership with the private sector. There are three major infrastructure packages of work: the Tunnel, Stations and Development public-private partnership; the Rail, i=Integration and Systems Alliance; and the European Train Control System contract.

CPB Contractors, BAM, Ghella and UGL Joint Venture (CBGU D&C JV), has won the tender for the principal design and construction contractor for the tunnel and stations package of the project. The JV is working with ICN Qld to call for expressions of interest from companies with capacity to supply goods and services for:

four new, state-of-the-art underground stations at Boggo Road, Woolloongabba, Albert Street and Roma Street and an upgrade of the Dutton Park station; and

the rail line from Dutton Park to Bowen Hills, including the twin tunnels under the Brisbane River and Brisbane CBD.

“More information about upcoming supplier opportunities will be communicated on the ICN Gateway as it becomes available,” Nimmi said.

To find out more about the project, its construction timeline and benefits, go to the Cross River Rail website.

To register an expression of interest in supplying to the tunnel and stations package, go to the Cross River Rail Gateway page.