Cross River Rail reaches milestone in Brisbane and Gold Coast

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Acciona Georgiou Joint Venture wins contract to deliver three new train stations in Gold Coast for Cross River Rail and hi-tech fit out transforms twin tunnels in Brisbane.

In an exciting step towards better public transport on the Gold Coast, contractors are now locked in to deliver all three new train stations being built at Pimpama, Hope Island and Merrimac.

Acciona Georgiou Joint Venture (AGJV) has been awarded the contract to design and build Hope Island station.

AGJV is already delivering the Coomera Connector Stage 1 North package, which sits right next to the Hope Island station site. Having the same contractor deliver both projects helps solve complex logistical and interface challenges – particularly around safety and delivery timeframes.

Meanwhile, Fulton Hogan will design and build Merrimac station, finalising major contractor procurement for the three new stations after ADCO Constructions was locked in to deliver Pimpama station in early-2023.

The new stations will service some of Australia’s fastest growing suburbs and include a range of features, including kiss ‘n’ ride and commuter parking facilities, integrated bus stops and connections to nearby pedestrian and cycle paths.

Major construction is underway at Pimpama, while enabling works and site investigations have started at Hope Island and Merrimac. The stations are scheduled to be operational in line with the first Cross River Rail services to the Gold Coast.

With tracks already laid, progress is continuing deep beneath Brisbane on the next critical phase of works in Cross River Rail’s twin tunnels.

About 180 workers are involved in the tunnel fit-out, which includes installing emergency walkways, pipes and hundreds of kilometres of various kinds of cabling to ensure the safe and reliable operation of trains in the tunnels.

All 10 kilometers of emergency tunnel walkways are currently under construction and are progressing at various rates towards completion. 13 kilometers of pipe installation is nearing completion, with the remaining infill pieces left to be installed.

About 22 kilometres of “leaky feeder” cables have been installed to date, which provide communications coverage through the tunnels, including for mobile phones and train signalling equipment.

Hundreds of more kilometres of electrical and high-speed fibre optic cables will also be installed, allowing equipment in the tunnels to be monitored and operated remotely.

Source: © Cross River Rail Delivery Authority 2023

Image Source: © Cross River Rail Delivery Authority 2023

Source: © Cross River Rail Delivery Authority 2023

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