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Concept image of main entrance to Roma Street Station Plaza. Image used with permission of Cross River Rail.

Concept image of Boggo Road station entrance. Image used with permission of Cross River Rail.

New Railway Stations for Queensland

David Matheson

 21 July 2021

New railway stations are under construction or planned within Queensland. They will include stations on the Cross River Rail project and new stations on the existing Gold Coast railway line.

Cross River Rail

Cross River Rail is a 10.2 km railway line in Brisbane connecting Dutton Park with Bowen Hills. It includes a 5.9 km tunnel under the Brisbane River and central business district. New stations will be constructed at Albert Street, Woolloongabba and Boggo Road, while a new underground station will be built at the site of the existing Roma Street station. The project provides a second crossing of the Brisbane River, which will ease congestion and provide more reliable connections between northern and southern lines through the central business district. It will enable an increase in peak rail capacity into the central business district to 134 trains per hour, up from 86 trains an hour currently. Construction work is ongoing, with the line due to be operational in 2024. The new stations will be built with platforms 220 metres in length, which would enable them to cater for nine-car trains in the future.

 

Albert Street

Albert Street station will be the first new station built in Brisbane’s central business district for more than 120 years. It will be located underground beneath Albert Street, between Elizabeth and Mary Streets. The new station will provide public transport access to the southern part of the central business district, including the Botanic Gardens, Queen’s Wharf and the parliamentary precinct. It will be built 31 metres below the surface and is expected to be used by 67,260 passengers every weekday by 2036.

 

Woolloongabba

Woolloongabba station will be located to the east of Leopard Street, between Vulture and Stanley Streets. It will provide easy access to Woolloongabba busway station, and be close to the Gabba (Brisbane Cricket Ground) and the local entertainment district. It will be built 27 metres below the surface and is expected to be used by 17,980 passengers every weekday by 2036.

 

Boggo Road

Boggo Road station will be located between the existing railway line and Jo Baker Street in Dutton Park, to the south of the current Park Road station. It will be conveniently located to the local health, science and education precinct, including Princess Alexandra Hospital, the Ecosciences precinct and the new Inner City South State Secondary College. Interchanges will be available to the South East Busway, Park Road station and Brisbane Metro bus services. It will be built 19 metres below the surface and is expected to be used by 22,820 passengers every weekday by 2036.

 

Roma Street

Although there is an existing station at Roma Street, a new underground station will be built as part of the Cross River Rail project. The new station will be conveniently located to provide access to Roma Street Parklands, Suncorp Stadium and the central business district. Public transport connections will be available for other Brisbane suburban railway lines, long-distance trains and buses. It will be built 27 metres below the surface and is expected to be used by 46,320 passengers every weekday by 2036.

 

Video tours of the station concept designs can be viewed on the Cross River Rail website <www.crossriverrail.qld.gov.au>.

 

In addition to the construction of new underground stations, as part of the Cross River Rail project there will be upgrades to existing stations.

  • Dutton Park stations will be upgraded to improve accessibility.

  • Exhibition station will be upgraded to provide year-round services.

  • Six stations on the Beenleigh line will also be upgraded: Salisbury, Rocklea, Moorooka, Yeerongpilly, Yeronga, and Fairfield. The upgrade at each of these stations will include construction of a third platform, and raising the heights of the existing platforms to accommodate the NGR (New Generation Rollingstock) trains operating through Cross River Rail’s twin tunnels.

 

New Gold Coast Line Stations

The Cross River Rail Delivery Authority is also planning three new stations on the Gold Coast line, to be located at Pimpana, Helensvale North and Merrimac. These stations are planned to be opened by the completion of the Cross River Rail project. All three stations will have two side platforms and will have space to be extended to 220 metres in length in the future, which would enable them to cater for nine-car trains. Features of all stations will include parking and passenger drop off facilities, and connections with pedestrian and cycle paths.

 

Pimpana

Pimpana is between the existing Ormeau and Coomera stations. Pimpana station will be located off the Old Pacific Highway. The new station will service one of Queensland’s fastest-growing suburbs, and will reduce pressure on Ormeau and Coomera stations. Pimpama has been identified as one of the fastest growing suburbs in Queensland.

 

Helensvale North

Helensvale North is between the existing Coomera and Helensvale North stations. Helensvale North station will be located next to Mangrove Jack Park, off Hope Island Road.

 

Merrimac

Merrimac is between the existing Nerang and Robina stations. Merrimac station will be located on Gooding Drive, approximately 750 metres east of the Pacific Motorway and Gooding Drive Interchange. It will service the growing residential population in Merrimac, Worongary and Carrara.

 

References

Cross River Rail, www.crossriverrail.qld.gov.au.

‘Gold Coast – new stations’, Cross River Rail, https://crossriverrail.qld.gov.au/stations-routes/gold-coast-line/.

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Concept image of Pimpana station. Image used with permission of Cross River Rail.

Route alignment of Cross River Rail. Image used with permission of Cross River Rail.

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