Significant progress is being made on seven stations in Brisbane’s south being delivered for the Cross River Rail project, with the complete rebuild of one station almost finished.
Cross River Rail Delivery Authority CEO Graeme Newton said while the project’s new underground line and stations would transform travel across South East Queensland, seven southside stations were also being rebuilt to modernise the stations and improve accessibility.
“The stations between Dutton Park and Salisbury are some of the oldest in the South East Queensland rail network and need upgrades to improve accessibility and passenger amenities,” says Cross River Rail Delivery Authority CEO Graeme Newton.
“So while our underground stations take shape and tracks are being laid in our twin tunnels, it’s also terrific to see the incredible work being done on the southside stations, which will significantly improve rail travel for the local community.”
Mr Newton said works were nearing completion at Yeronga station, significant progress was being made at Fairfield and Rocklea stations, and major works had just commenced at Dutton Park station.
“With the three passenger lifts at Yeronga being progressively opened to the public between now and January, the first southern station rebuild is almost complete,” says Cross River Rail Delivery Authority CEO Graeme Newton.
“It will be a great milestone for the project and a massive win for the local community, with the rebuilt station to feature a new station building, upgraded platforms, three new lifts, and improved access to the media.
“We’re also excited to get significant works underway on the new Dutton Park station, which will be rebuilt further to the south, allowing modern and accessible platforms to be delivered.
“Meanwhile, Rocklea works are progressing well, including 270 metres of the track being lowered in October.
“Finally, although Fairfield station works will continue throughout 2023, the aim is to have the station back open to passengers by mid-January,” says Cross River Rail Delivery Authority CEO Graeme Newton.
Mr Newton said it made sense to leave Fairfield station’s reopening until after a 10-day track closure over the Christmas and New Year period to allow for important Cross River Rail works, primarily on the southern stations.
“The tremendous progress being made on our megaproject does, unfortunately, mean there are inevitable disruptions from time to time,” says Cross River Rail Delivery Authority CEO Graeme Newton.
“From 24 December to 2 January 2023, track closures on the Gold Coast and Beenleigh lines will allow for southern station upgrade works to be carried out safely and efficiently.
“There will also be a track closure on the Cleveland line from 24-30 December 2022,” says Cross River Rail Delivery Authority CEO Graeme Newton.
Image source: © Cross River Rail Delivery Authority 2021
New design of the stations revealed
The design for the interior of Cross River Rail’s four new underground stations has been revealed at a warehouse where elements of the stations have been constructed in advance.
Crews at the facility have modelled sections of the platform and mezzanine levels that will be built in the new Boggo Road, Woolloongabba, Albert Street and Roma Street stations.
Each underground station has a set of standard design components, helping provide an easy and familiar passenger experience.
The stations’ ceiling design is a nod to the classic Queenslander veranda, featuring expressed ‘rafters’ and panel joints, as opposed to the curved profile used by most underground stations across the world.
While each of the underground station’s platform and mezzanine levels will be similar, their floors and ceilings will have different colours, each chosen to reflect the area’s surroundings.
The warehouse where these elements have been constructed is used to see how the materials at each station work together, and to show stakeholders – like Cross River Rail’s accessibility reference group – the design up close.
Cross River Rail releases mini-documentary for stations taking shape above ground
While works to bring Cross River Rail to life are powering ahead underground, crews are also busy rebuilding eight of Brisbane’s above ground stations.
As part of the project, Exhibition station at RNA Showgrounds will be rebuilt, with the station set to welcome services year-round once the twin tunnels become operational. In addition, seven stations between Dutton Park and Salisbury – some of the oldest on the network – are also being rebuilt, significantly improving their accessibility and passenger amenities.
You can see how works are tracking on these stations in the video below.
Check out the Cross River Rail Experience Centre these school holidays
Looking for something to keep the kids busy during the summer holidays?
Why not try the Cross River Rail Experience Centre’s free school holiday program?
The program, running from 10-22 December 2022 and 3-22 January 2023, gives kids a chance to have fun while learning about Queensland’s largest infrastructure project.
Activities include the investigator manual, which explores some of the elements involved in tunnelling underneath the Brisbane River and CBD, and popsicle Christmas tree decoration – a sure-fire way to get the kids into the festive spirit.
Some activities are drop-in, while others require bookings. For more information on what’s on offer or to book a session, visit the Cross River Rail Experience Centre’s website.
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