Construction on new stations being constructed as part of the Cross River Rail project in Queensland is powering ahead, with works complete on the installation of a new 220 metre platform, as well as mezzanine levels for the new Albert Street underground station.
The completion of the mezzanine where people will take the final escalators down onto the station platform – and the platform itself is a major milestone as construction nears closer to completion on the Albert Street Station.
Cross River Rail is a new 10.2km rail line that includes 5.9km of twin tunnels running under the Brisbane River and CBD; with four new underground stations at Boggo Road, Woolloongabba, Albert Street and Roma Street.
The project will also deliver a new above-ground station at Exhibition, a rebuild for seven stations between Dutton Park and Salisbury; construction of three new stations on the Gold Coast; construction of two new train stabling facilities and installation of a new world-class signalling system.
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Escalators are set to arrive soon, with preparation works also underway for tracks to be laid in the station cavern over the coming months. While tracks are being laid, crews will also start installing platform screen doors.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Bart Mellish said the milestone means the new station in the heart of the CBD is a step closer to opening.
“With tracks, escalators and platform screen doors soon to come, what was once a massive empty cavern below ground is looking more and more like a world-class train station each day,” Mellish said.
“The works beneath our busy CBD streets are seriously impressive, and I thank the more than 545 workers at Cross River Rail’s Albert Street sites for their tremendous efforts in bringing the first station to be built in Brisbane’s CBD in more than 120 years to life.”