Cross River Rail’s Roma Street hits ground level

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Construction works in the 20m deep station box at Cross River Rail’s Roma Street site reaches ground level, marking the project’s latest milestone.

While the ground level (or L0) does not look like much more than a concrete slab, the significant work that has taken place beneath it makes the milestone so impressive.

The station box will house the lifts and escalators customers will use on their way down to the underground platforms.

The progress so far is equivalent to a six-storey building being constructed below ground – crews have used 7,520 cubic metres of concrete and 14,700 tonnes of steel in the station box.

With about 150 workers on site, progress will become more visible during 2023.

Construction continues on the back-of-house structure within the station box, which will rise out of the ground early this year.

Piling works will also commence shortly before the installation of structural steel for the station’s canopy towards the middle of the year.

When the canopy is complete, it will rise approximately 23 metres above ground level.

As all this work takes place, it will mean changes throughout the year to access customers using the existing Roma Street station, with details to be made available well in advance.

Meanwhile, works are also progressing well in the 280-metre-long station cavern, with about 13,100 cubic metres of concrete and 1,800 tonnes of steel used to complete its permanent lining.

Roma Street station, which will become our state’s single most significant transport interchange, is just one of four underground stations under construction and more than 15 separate sites where work is currently underway to deliver this transformational project.

Roma Street fast facts

  • Construction in the 20-metre-deep Roma Street station box has now reached the surface – or L0 – level;
  • 7,520 cubic metres of concrete and 14,700 tonnes of steel have been installed in the station box so far;
  • The station box will house the central station, which will rise 23 metres above ground level, and the lift and escalators will transport people to the platform level.
  • The new Roma Street station platforms will be about 220-metres long and set up to 27 metres below the ground.
  • More than 46,000 people will use the new Roma Street station each weekday by 2036.

Source: © Cross River Rail Delivery Authority 2021

Image source: © Cross River Rail Delivery Authority 2021

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