Proposal Stage of Development: Detailed Business Case Complete*
Date of Publication: December 2016
The Cross River Rail Detailed Business Case was endorsed by the Board of Building Queensland in June 2016 and recommended to the Queensland Government as a priority proposal ready for government investment consideration in Building Queensland’s June 2016 Infrastructure Pipeline Report.
The project has since received partial funding commitments from both the Queensland and Australian governments. The Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning (DILGP) has progressed establishment of the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority to lead further development, procurement and delivery of the project. The establishment of a Delivery Authority was a key recommendation in Building Queensland’s Business Case analysis.
Forecast population and employment growth for South East Queensland (SEQ) will increase private vehicle and public transport (rail and bus) congestion. With only one rail connection across the Brisbane River near the CBD (where most of SEQ’s employment growth is projected), options to increase rail services to meet projected demand generated outside of Brisbane (where most of SEQ’s population growth is projected) are limited. Other proposals (such as the European Train Control System–Inner City project) will increase the network’s efficiency, but an infrastructure solution is ultimately needed.
The objectives of the proposal are to: provide an additional rail crossing across the Brisbane River; boost inner city public transport capacity, and; reshape the network to unlock sustainable urban development. The proposal will deliver a 10.2 kilometre rail link connecting Dutton Park in the south to Bowen Hills in the north, including twin 5.9 kilometre tunnels under the Brisbane River and CBD. The proposal will enable the delivery of new underground stations at Boggo Road, Woolloongabba, Albert Street and Roma Street and upgrades to existing stations at Dutton Park and Exhibition. It also includes conducting track works at Mayne Yard and repurposes the Exhibition Line from a special use line to a standard link in the rail network.
Responsible agency to progress.
*Building Queensland Detailed Business Case 2016.