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Cross River Rail underground stations taking shape

Cross River Rail underground stations taking shape

Works on the Cross River Rail’s underground stations in Queensland is powering on, with the first escalators now installed.

Cross River Rail is a new 10.2 kilometre rail line from Dutton Park to Bowen Hills, which includes 5.9 kilometres of twin tunnels under the Brisbane River and CBD. The two 5.9-kilometre twin tunnels below the Brisbane River and CBD will be home to four underground stations, Albert Street, Roma Street, Woolloongabba and Boggo Road.

The first of 95 escalators has been installed at the Cross River Rail’s Woolloongabba sit. The remaining escalators will be progressively rolled out across the Cross River Rail’s underground stations, including Woolloongabba (24 escalators in total), Albert Street (29), Roma Street (28) and Boggo Road (14).

Each escalator is 12 metres long and weigh 17.5 tonnes. The installation of the first escalators comes as preparations continue on major civil works which will follow on from the excavation of the underground station sites. These works will include the mechanical and electrical fit out of the stations themselves.


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The escalators being installed in the station cavern will take passengers to and from the train platform and station concourse, while even bigger escalators – each 21 metres long and weighing about 26 tonnes – that will take passengers from the surface down into the underground stations are still to come.

Acting Premier Steven Miles said the installation of the escalators marked a significant milestone for the project.

“Combined with the progress of the station itself, including the mezzanine and platform levels, you can now really start to picture what these underground stations will look like and the benefits they will bring,” Miles said.

“The Woolloongabba Cross River Rail station, along with Brisbane Metro and the Gabba redevelopment, will sit at the centre of a major urban renewal precinct with more housing, dining and retail options.”

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