Cross River Rail Mega Machines Meet

Cross River rail mega machines

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Cross River Rail Mega Machines Meet At Roma St

Cross River Rail mega machines have both reached an amazing milestone as the second Tunnel Boring Machine is expected to break through at Roma Street today.

Cross River Rail was an important part of the state’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan, injecting more than $4 million a day into the economy and employing more than 2900 workers, including 370 directly working on the twin tunnels.

Major infrastructure projects backed by the government are creating jobs and rebuilding Queensland’s economy.

Twin tunnels now connect the future Roma Street and Woolloongabba Cross River Rail stations, which were important selling points in the bid to secure the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Cross River Rail mega machines have both excavated more than 2.5 kilometres of tunnel below the Brisbane River and CBD, passing under Albert Street and breaking through at Roma Street.

TBM Merle’s breakthrough into the 280-metre-long cavern at Roma Street followed TBM Else’s arrival earlier this month.

A breakthrough is a massive feat of engineering and a huge milestone in its own right for any tunnelling project.

Mr Bailey said the TBMs would take about four weeks to traverse the Roma Street cavern on a skidding system and would then continue on to the project’s northern portal, where they would break through by the end of the year.

“Work on this critical mega project is powering ahead, with additional safety measures in place to continue momentum during COVID-19 lockdowns and increased restrictions,” he said.

“These include segregated work teams with work ‘zones’, only project critical face-to-face meetings occurring, strong social distancing measures, and all non-essential travel between or to site ceasing.”

The Honourable Mark Bailey


Monday 23 August 2021 – Media Release

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