For a Better Brisbane

Cross River Rail 1: Fly through Albert street station

Queensland premier Anna Bligh has announced that downtown Brisbane will get an underground, metro-style rail station as part of the $8.2 billion dollar Cross River Rail Project.

In peak hour, trains from Cleveland, the Gold Coast, Beenleigh and some from the Ipswich Line must cross the Merivale Railway Bridge. The bridge was constructed in 1978 by Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen government, and will reach maximum capacity around 2016. Without this project a bottleneck in the core section of the rail network will occur, meaning more trains to suburban destinations cannot be put on.

Interestingly, in the 1970’s there was a plan for a railway bridge from Woolloongabba through to the City Botanic Gardens, however only the Merivale Bridge was built.

The Cross River Rail project proposes to increase capacity taking trains from the Gold Coast and Beenleigh lines into a tunnel under the Brisbane CBD with metro-style stations proposed at:

  • Park Road
  • Woolloongabba
  • Albert Street
  • Roma Street
  • Exhibition

This project, if funded, will act as a powerful development catalyst for urban renewal at Woolloongabba and The Exhibition, and give a large scope for Transit Oriented Development. Railway stations are well known to change local land use by stimulating and supporting surrounding development.

Acknowledgement: The BrisUrbane Blog wishes to acknowledge the Cross River Rail project team for permissions to reproduce copyright material here. To participate in ongoing community consultation or find out more, visit their website at


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July 25, 2010 at 3:16 pm

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