Australia’s Queensland Government has announced the companies selected to build Queensland’s highest priority infrastructure investment, the $5.4bn Cross River Rail Project. The project omprises a 10.2km rail line running from Dutton Park to Bowen Hills, which includes a 5.9km twin tunnel under the Brisbane River and CBD, and four new underground stations at Boggo Road, Woolloongabba, Albert Street and Roma Street, and upgrades to Dutton Park and Exhibition stations.
Following a comprehensive evaluation process, the project’s major works packages will be delivered by the following world-class consortia:
The Tunnel, Stations and Development (TSD) public private partnership will be delivered by PULSE:
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- The PULSE consortium is led by CIMIC Group companies, Pacific Partnerships, CPB Contractors, and UGL with international partners DIF, BAM and Ghella.
The Tunnel, Stations and Development (TSD) public-private partnership will deliver the underground section of the project, including the tunnel from Dutton Park to Normanby and the construction of four new, state-of-the-art underground stations at Boggo Road, Woolloongabba, Albert Street and Roma Street. The TSD will also provide a property development opportunity above Albert Street station.
The Rail, Integration and Systems (RIS) alliance will be delivered by UNITY Alliance:
- UNITY Alliance brings together CPB Contractors, UGL, AECOM and Jacobs, and partners HASSELL, RCS Australia, Acmena, Martinus Rail and Wired Overhead Solutions.
A Rail, Integration and Systems (RIS) Alliance will deliver the design, supply and installation of the supporting rail system and integration of Cross River Rail into Queensland Rail’s train network, and an upgrade to Exhibition Station.
The European Train Control System (ETCS) will be delivered by Hitachi Rail STS:
- ETCS is a new signalling system. Its introduction will enable increased capacity on the inner-city rail network, enhance safety and allow the wider SEQ rail network to run more efficiently, the features of which are important for the safe operation of trains in Cross River Rail’s tunnels.
Over the coming months, the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority will work with the consortia to finalise the project schedule.
Contractors are expected to establish a site presence from late 2019 with the entire line planned for operation in 2024..
Cross River Rail will enable the extra network capacity required to operate higher frequency public transport that connects with other services and supports other network growth projects.
This will help ease the pressure of road congestion, making Brisbane and the whole of South East Queensland even more liveable.