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Cross River Rail Link, Queensland, Australia [free access]

May 1, 2019

Developer: Cross River Rail Delivery Authority is the project developer.


Project description: Construction of a 10.2-km commuter rail line in Brisbane.


Background: The project scope includes construction of a 10.2-km-long line (including a 5.9-km-long tunnel under the central business district) connecting Dutton Park in Brisbane’s southern suburbs to Bowen Hills in the city’s north.


The project includes construction of four new underground stations at Boggo Road, Woolloongabba, Albert Street, and Roma Street, and redevelopment of two existing over-ground stations at Dutton Park and Exhibition. The Woolloongabba and Roma Street precincts will also be redeveloped under the project.


The project will be developed at an estimated cost of AUD5.4 billion. In June 2017, the Queensland Government committed to fully funding the Cross River Rail project. The 2017–2018 State Budget allocated AUD2.8 billion for Cross River Rail with a further AUD2.6 billion committed over subsequent years. For the 2018–19 financial year, the state government committed AUD733 million to the project for its second year of funding.


Cross River Rail is being delivered in partnership with the private sector through three major infrastructure packages of work: the Tunnel, Stations and Development (TSD) public–private partnership (PPP); the Rail, Integration and Systems (RIS) alliance; and the European Train Control System (ETCS).


The preferred consortia for these major works packages were announced on April 4, 2019. The TSD PPP will be delivered by the PULSE consortium, which is led by the CIMIC Group companies, Pacific Partnerships, CPB Contractors, and UGL with international partners DIF, BAM, and Ghella. The RIS works will be delivered by the UNITY Alliance, which comprises CPB Contractors, UGL, AECOM and Jacobs, and partners HASSELL, RCS Australia, Acmena, and Martinus Rail and Wired Overhead Solutions. The ETCS package will be delivered by Hitachi Rail STS.


Contractors are expected to establish a site presence from late 2019. The link is scheduled to be operationalised in 2024.


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(1 AUD [Australian Dollar] = 0.71 USD)