Cross River Rail development to support Brisbane’s 2032 Olympic infrastructure

Cross River Rail development to support Brisbane’s 2032 Olympic infrastructure
Image courtesy of the Queensland Government.

Planning arrangements for Woolloongabba’s Cross River Rail station will be linked to Brisbane’s 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games master planning, as Queensland prepares to host the event.

The Woolloongabba station precinct will be transformed into a vibrant mixed-use hub, linking commercial, residential and retail development with access to public transport and the Gabba.

The planning arrangements are set to deliver a super connected precinct and support the Gabba as the proposed main stadium when Queensland hosts the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The existing interim land use plan (ILUP) for the Woolloongabba Cross River Rail Priority Development Area (PDA) will be replaced from Wednesday, 24 November 2021.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Steven Miles said the Cross River Rail was an important contribution to Brisbane’s bid to host the games.

“Most of the planning for the Priority Development Area (PDA) took place before Brisbane was confirmed as the host city for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” Miles said. “But because the 2032 Games will serve as a catalyst for a long-needed redevelopment of The Gabba, it makes sense to put a new interim land use plan in place while significant work is undertaken to understand how it relates to the broader PDA.”

The Cross River Rail will also support the Gabba’s upgrade, which will see the capacity of the stadium increased to around 50,000.

Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said the opportunity would see the economic and community outcomes maximised for East Brisbane locals and the state as whole.

“It protects and maintains our commitment to ensure the Gabba precinct includes 50 per cent open space as well as affordable housing for nurses, teachers and other frontline workers,” Bailey said.

“The community will be able to have its say on the PDA next year when a proposed development scheme is released for public consultation.”

Construction of Cross River Rail is due to be completed in 2024, ahead of extensive safety testing and commissioning, with services expected to commence in 2025.

For more information about the Woolloongabba Cross River Rail PDA and interim land use plan, click here.

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