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Brisbane’s Cross River Rail development consortia appointed by Queensland government

Brisbane’s Cross River Rail development consortia appointed by Queensland government

The $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project which aims to provide a more interconnected network of train lines for Queenslanders, now has an award-winning team to bring the plans to fruition.

Queensland government has appointed the following consortia (out of 89 submissions):


The CIMIC Group led consortia includes Pacific Partnerships, CPB Contractors and UGL with international partners DIF, BAM and Ghella.

Under the title ‘Tunnel, Stations and Development’ (TSD), the team will deliver the underground sector of the project, including constructing a tunnel from Dutton Park to Normanby, the construction of four new underground stations at Boggo Road, Woolloongabba, Albert Street and Roma Street. They will also provide a property development opportunity above the Albert Street Station.

“Queensland’s landmark Cross River Rail project will reinforce CIMIC Group’s reputation as Australia’s leading rail provider.”

- CIMIC Group 


Unity Alliance is a collaboration of CPB Contractors, UGL, AECOM and Jacobs, as well as HASSELL, RCS Australia, Acmena, Martinus Rail and Wired Overhead Solutions. Under the title ‘Rail, Integration and Systems’ (RIS), the group will be responsible for delivering the design, supply and installation of the rail system, as well as the integration into Queensland Rail’s train network and the upgrade of Exhibition Station.


Hitachi Rail STS will work under the title ‘European Train Control System’ (ETCS) and will focus on enabling increased capacity on the inner-city rail network, safety enhancement, and facilitate network efficiency measures.

“Organisations in the preferred consortia have a track record of delivering complex rail and transport projects and have the know-how to leverage local content. We expect the benefits of the project will flow to many local suppliers and businesses throughout Queensland.”

- Steve Abson, Infrastructure Association of Queensland’s Chief Executive Officer

Brisbane’s Cross River Rail development consortia appointed by Queensland government
Concept render of Roma Street Station. Credit: Cross River Rail

The Cross River Rail will deliver a 10.2km train line which will run from Dutton Park to Bowen Hills. The project will also include a 5.9km twin tunnel under the Brisbane River and CBD - a significant infrastructure project which will take five years to complete but an exceptional enhancement to the existing railway system for Queensland commuters.

“This activity will necessitate high levels of collaboration across government organisations such as the Delivery Authority, Queensland Rail, Transport and Main Roads and TransLink and it’s worth acknowledging the enormous effort already going on behind the scenes to get this right.”

- Steve Abson, Infrastructure Association of Queensland’s Chief Executive Officer

"This transformational project will improve our quality of life, help our economy keep growing, generate thousands of jobs and activate urban development, across the whole of South East Queensland."

- Queensland Government

The teams are expected to begin site-work from late 2019, with an estimated 7,700 jobs created over the five-year construction time frame.

Cross River Rail New Station Concepts Revealed from Cross River Rail on Vimeo.

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