Bris­bane’s Cross River Rail project will cre­ate jobs, bust con­ges­tion and al­low for a turn-upand-go pub­lic trans­port sys­tem, the re­cently re­leased busi­ness case for the project demon­strates

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Bris­bane’s Cross River Rail project will cre­ate jobs, bust con­ges­tion and al­low for a turn-up-and-go pub­lic trans­port sys­tem, the re­cently re­leased busi­ness case for the project demon­strates.

Queens­land Deputy Premier and Min­is­ter for In­fra­struc­ture Jackie Trad says the Cross River Rail Busi­ness Case de­tails the chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties fac­ing South East Queens­land’s rail net­work.

“The Queens­land Govern­ment has fully funded Cross River Rail and the busi­ness case demon­strates what we have al­ready known for a decade, that we need an­other rail cross­ing to in­crease rail ser­vices in the south east,” she says.

“Our rail net­work has a key choke point at its core pre­vent­ing ex­tra train ser­vices be­ing brought into re­gions like the Gold Coast, Lo­gan, Ca­bool­ture and the Red­lands.

“Nearly two mil­lion peo­ple will move into South East Queens­land over the next two decades and with some lines, like the Gold Coast al­ready op­er­at­ing at 100 per cent ca­pac­ity dur­ing peak pe­ri­ods, we need to build Cross River Rail be­fore we reach a cri­sis point.

“It will re­move the bot­tle­neck, mean­ing the en­tire net­work can grow to ben­e­fit all pub­lic trans­port and road users.

“It will pro­vide the ca­pac­ity we need to build the con­nec­tions to the Sun­shine Coast, Ri­p­ley and Flag­stone.”

Trad says the busi­ness case in­cor­po­rates the lat­est in­for­ma­tion on the im­pact of pol­icy and fore­casted de­mo­graphic changes.

“It will un­lock smarter in­te­gra­tion of rail and bus net­works, pro­vid­ing quick turn-up-and-go ser­vices and po­si­tion­ing SEQ for a more sus­tain­able and com­pet­i­tive fu­ture,” Trad says.

“The busi­ness case specif­i­cally states the full ben­e­fits of both Cross River Rail and the Bris­bane Metro can only be com­pletely re­alised once both projects are con­structed and are op­er­a­tional.

“The re­lease of the Cross River Rail busi­ness case draws a line in the sand – you are ei­ther for this project or against it.

“The ben­e­fit cost ra­tio for the project is now 1.41, up from 1.21 in the 2016 Busi­ness Case.

“This means that for ev­ery $1 in­vested in the Cross River Rail project, $1.41 is re­turned to the peo­ple of Queens­land,” she says.

The planned in­tro­duc­tion of a Euro­pean Train Con­trol Sys­tem (ETCS), the fairer fares and up­dated de­mo­graph­ics, have led to a bet­ter ben­e­fit cost ra­tio, ac­cord­ing to Trad.

The Cross River Rail De­liv­ery Au­thor­ity has been con­sult­ing with var­i­ous con­struc­tion and engi­neer­ing com­pa­nies on the pro­cure­ment ap­proach, de­tails of ma­jor work pack­ages, de­liv­ery strat­egy, com­mer­cial con­sid­er­a­tions and gov­er­nance, with a brief­ing held in Bris­bane late last month.

Mean­while, Graeme New­ton has been ap­pointed as the Cross River Rail De­liv­ery Au­thor­ity CEO.

“Graeme New­ton is an out­stand­ing ap­point­ment – he has more than 25 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in the in­fra­struc­ture sec­tor and has de­liv­ered large-scale and com­plex in­fra­struc­ture projects in both the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor,” Trad says.

“Cross River Rail will cre­ate more than 1500 jobs dur­ing each year of con­struc­tion and more than 3000 jobs in the most in­ten­sive year.

“Cross River Rail is vi­tal for Queens­land be­cause it will un­lock eco­nomic growth in the outer sub­urbs and re­gions, es­pe­cially the Gold Coast, Ip­swich, Ca­bool­ture and the Red­lands.

“But even more im­por­tantly, it will mean more trains, more often, and com­muters through­out the south east will have easy ac­cess to a ‘turn up and go’ world-class pub­lic trans­port sys­tem.”

For­mal Ex­pres­sions of In­ter­est sub­mis­sions open this month, with op­por­tu­ni­ties for Queens­land busi­nesses to ben­e­fit from the $5.4 bil­lion project.

“Cross River Rail will cre­ate more than 1500 jobs dur­ing each year of con­struc­tion and more than 3000 jobs in the most in­ten­sive year.”

Be­low: Pop­u­la­tion growth de­mands a traf­fic and pub­lic trans­port re­lief valve, such as a an­other rail cross­ing in the south east.

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