Cross River Rail to transform Albert Street

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Cross River Rail’s Albert Street will be a game-changer for the Brisbane CBD creating a tree-lined, traffic-free public plaza catering for the tens of thousands of commuters.

Not only will Cross River Rail deliver the first new train station in the Brisbane CBD in more than 120 years, but the area directly outside the station will become a pedestrianised, shady subtropical boulevard.

The new public plaza, to be created between Mary Street and Elizabeth Street, will kick start the vision of a “green spine” for the Brisbane CBD.

Part of the Brisbane City Council’s Albert Street Vision, the “green spine” is a proposal that would see Albert Street transform into a tree-lined, traffic-free walkway connecting the Botanic Gardens in the south of the CBD all the way to the Roma Street Parklands in the north.

Albert Street Station will be 31 metres below the street surface and connect over 67,000 passengers weekly from the 220-metre-long platforms to the street level.

The new underground Albert Street Station will serve as a critical access hub for pedestrians heading to QUT’s Gardens Point campus, the parliamentary precinct, Queen’s Wharf development, the upgraded Eagle Street business district, and the City Botanic Gardens. It will also provide convenient access to Elizabeth Street and Queen Street Mall.

Pedestrian movements along the new walkway will be prioritised, catering for the tens of thousands of commuters who will enter and exit the new station on a daily basis.

The lush green landscaping will be open and engaging, designed for people to make use of Brisbane’s sub-tropical climate.

Cross River Rail Delivery Authority CEO Graeme Newton said the development is a game changer for the city.

“Many people may not realise the significant progress made on the new Albert Street station right beneath their feet as they go about their business in the CBD,” Mr Newton said.

“Works are now starting to become visible above ground as construction moves to the sections of the station above street level.

“This will continue in coming months as work starts on the ‘green spine’ aspect of the works around Albert Street.

“We’re working closely with our major contractors and Brisbane City Council on this new game-changing space in the heart of the CBD, and will make sure the local community is well aware of what works will be taking place before construction kicks off.”

A statement piece of art by renowned Indigenous artist Jennifer Herd will adorn the tiles of the plaza.

Titled “Re-Emergence”, the piece is designed to convey the submergence and re-emergence of Aboriginal culture and centres around a blooming native waterlily – an important food source for Aboriginal people in the area prior to colonisation.

Construction on the new Albert Street public realm will commence in the coming months.

Project Spotlight: Cross River Rail

Cross River Rail Engineering Manager Andrew Richmond shares that the achievement of this significant milestone is a testament to the expertise and integration of digital and cloud-based technologies in the day-to-day of the delivery team’s operations. [1]

“Throughout construction, our teams are embracing digital engineering technology… we’re using it to seamlessly connect data to designers, offices to sites, and control rooms to fleets,” he adds.

[1] Source: CIMIC

Source: © Cross River Rail Delivery Authority 2023

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