Cross River Rail – Brisbane

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What is Cross River Rail?

Cross River Rail is a new 10.2-kilometre rail line from Dutton Park to Bowen Hills, which includes 5.9 kilometres of a tunnel under the Brisbane River and CBD.

How much will it cost to build?

It will cost $5.4 billion AUD to build.

Why is it being built?

Cross River Rail will allow more trains to run more frequently by delivering four new underground stations and upgrading further two stations.

This will allow South East Queensland to better cope with demand for rail services which is forecast to triple by 2036 due to huge growth population.

The capacity of transport across the River will double with the introduction of additional train services and encourage car users to use rail services instead, unclogging major arterial roads.

Where will the new stations be?

New underground stations will be built at Boggo Road, Woolloongabba, Albert Street and Roma Street.

• Boggo Road station will become South East Queensland’s second-busiest transport interchange.
• Woolloongabba station will serve large events.
• Albert Street station will be the first CBD train station built in more than 120 years.
• Roma Street station is set to become Brisbane’s ‘Grand Central.’

Which stations will be upgraded?

Dutton Park and Exhibition station will receive upgrades.

• Exhibition station will start operating daily, providing rail services to the RNA Showgrounds redevelopment precinct, Herston Quarter and the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

Who is funding Cross River Rail?

The Queensland Government is fully funding the Cross River Rail project. $2.8 billion was allocated in the 2017-2018 State Budget and a further $2.6 billion will be committed over the coming years.

When will construction start?

The project will be delivered in partnership with the private sector through two major packages of work:
– the Tunnel, Stations and Development public-private partnership
– the Rail, Integration and Systems alliance

Bidding has already closed for these packages and contracts will be awarded by mid-2019.

There are currently no minor works contracts open for tender. Early Works have already begun with geotechnical investigations and borehole drilling almost complete.

Who was shortlisted to deliver the Tunnel, Stations and Development package?

The shortlisted consortia are:

1. Pulse: CIMIC Group-led consortium, including Pacific Partnerships, CPB Contractors, UGL, BAM, Ghella and DIF;
2. Qonnect: QIC, Capella Capital, Lendlease, John Holland and Bouygues
3. CentriQ Partnerships: Plenary Group, ACCIONA, GS Engineering & Construction, Salini Impregilo and Spotless Group

Who was shortlisted to deliver for the Rail, Integration and Systems alliance works packages?

The shortlisted consortia are:

1. River City Alliance: Laing O’Rourke, GHD, Aurecon, SYSTRA Scott Lister
2. Unity Alliance: CPB Contractors, UGL, Jacobs, AECOM

Which consortia were chosen to deliver the work packages?

The project’s major works packages will be delivered by the following consortia:

The Tunnel, Stations and Development (TSD) public-private partnership will be delivered by PULSE.

The PULSE consortium is led by CIMIC Group companies, Pacific Partnerships, CPB Contractors, and UGL with international partners DIF, BAM and Ghella.

The Rail, Integration and Systems (RIS) alliance will be delivered by UNITY Alliance.

UNITY Alliance brings together CPB Contractors, UGL, AECOM and Jacobs, and partners HASSEL, RCS Australia, Acemna, Martinus Rail and Wired Overhead Solutions.

The European Train Control System (ETCS) will be delivered by Hitachi Rail STS.

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When will Cross River Rail be finished?

Cross River Rail project will be completed by 2024.

How many jobs will this Project create?

The project will create around 1500 jobs each year for the duration of the 5-year long construction process.

Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad said the high calibre of companies that bid to deliver Cross River Rail demonstrated how significant the project was for Queensland.

“I congratulate the proponents on advancing to this stage. Across the three works packages, there have been hundreds of people working tirelessly behind the scenes to develop the comprehensive bids and I thank them all for their hard work,” Ms Trad said.

“Cross River Rail will double our heavy rail capacity through the CBD, unlocking the network for future growth and delivering more trains, more often.

“We have fully-funded this $5.4 billion project because we were sick of waiting on the LNP in Canberra to come to the table.

“As one of Australia’s fastest growing regions, we have to build the infrastructure we need now to ensure we keep pace with this growth. We don’t want to be left playing catch-up like Sydney and Melbourne.”

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Latest Update 1st July 2019 

CIMIC Group companies, Pacific Partnerships, CPB Contractors, and UGL, as part of the Pulse consortium, have reached contractual close with the State of Queensland to deliver the Tunnel, Stations and Development PPP package of Brisbane’s Cross River Rail project.

The Pulse consortium will deliver tunnelling works, new underground stations, and ongoing maintenance services for Cross River Rail, South East Queensland’s largest infrastructure project.

The State Government is providing a $5.4 billion capital contribution for construction.

Revenue to the CIMIC Group is approximately $2.73 billion.

Contractual close occurred on 30 June 2019, with construction to commence later this year.

CIMIC Group has led the development of the project’s proposal, with lead sponsor Pacific Partnerships providing 49% of the equity finance, with the remaining 51% to be provided by DIF, BAM PPP PGGM and Ghella Investments & Partnerships.

CPB Contractors will deliver the design and construction in a joint venture with Ghella, BAM International and UGL.

UGL will also provide maintenance services for the project over 24 years.

CIMIC Group companies CPB Contractors and UGL have also been chosen by the Queensland Government as preferred contractors in an Alliance partnership to deliver the Rail, Integration and Systems (RIS) package of the Cross River Rail project.

Source: – Cross River Rail Delivery Authority 2018

Source: Queensland Government

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