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
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.