Cross River Rail
The Palaszczuk Government has committed to fully fund the $5.409 billion required to deliver Cross River Rail. The Government recognises the significant potential of this infrastructure to create jobs and economic growth, and add value to commercial and residential development sites across the region.
The current project design for Cross River Rail features a 10.2 kilometre link from Dutton Park to Bowen Hills, with 5.9 kilometres of tunnel under the Brisbane River and CBD. Five new and upgraded high-capacity stations will be developed, and the second rail river crossing will ease congestion, improve network reliability and increase accessibility to the Brisbane CBD.
The Cross River Rail Delivery Authority will now move to undertake the early works necessary and conduct market engagement to confirm the procurement and delivery strategy for major project elements.
While this commitment delivers certainty of funding, it is expected that the cost to the State will be reduced through future Australian Government contributions and the proceeds of commercial funding sources, such as the development of government land around stations. The Queensland Government will continue to work with the Australian Government to secure a contribution that properly reflects the strategic importance of this project and its contribution to the nation.