26 September 2023

Underground river cross connected

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The Department of Transport and Main Roads has announced that the Gabba and the Brisbane central business district are now connected by underground train tracks beneath the Brisbane River for the first time in history.

In the latest milestone for the Cross River Rail project, more than three kilometres of train tracks, in each direction, now connect the future Albert Street and Woolloongabba stations.

Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Mark Bailey said this was a huge milestone for Queensland’s biggest rail project.

“What we’re seeing here is the track that will move our growing population, footy fans and future game-goers once Cross River Rail is operational,” Mr Bailey said.

“Cross River Rail is the key to unblocking the bottleneck on the rail network and delivering better train services for Queenslanders.”

He said the work going on beneath the central business district and the river itself was incredible, with crews laying about 385 tonnes of rail between the two future stations, setting about 9,400 blocks in roughly 2,800 cubic metres of concrete.

“As the first set of tracks to be complete, they also represent the start of the significant rail revolution already under way in Queensland, of which Cross River Rail is just the start,” the Minister said.

“These tracks now under the river will help create the capacity in our network and realise the benefit of other investments, including the Beerburrum-to-Nambour and Kuraby-to-Beenleigh track upgrades,” he said.

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