The transformative Cross River Rail project began at the end of August confirmed Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. The 5.9km tunnel will run under Brisbane River from Dutton Park to just past the Roma Street Station. “This is an important milestone as it marks the start of official works for this historic infrastructure project,” said Ms Palaszczuk. “Over the next few months, Queenslanders will see activity ramp up, with the demolition of the Go Print site and the relocation of electrical substations.”
To ensure as many homegrown construction companies as possible are involved in the Cross River Rail project, the State Government will use the Buy Queensland procurement policy. This procurement policy is controversial because it’s scorned by the Federal Government but hailed by local producers.
Every year during construction, more than 1500 jobs are expected. Four new stations will be developed as part of the landmark project. These stations will attract development, including a health-focused science centre at Boggo Rd. A $2.5 billion entertainment and education precinct is being planned by entrepreneur Harvey Lister. The transport infrastructure will be a “major driver of private sector investment” according to James Tuma, national director of city-shaping specialists Urbis.