Early works have begun on the historic $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project in Queensland.

Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said construction activity at the site of the new Woolloongabba Station had started.

“This is an important milestone as it marks the start of official works for this historic infrastructure project for Queensland,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“Over the next few months, Queenslanders will see activity ramp up with bore drilling, the demolition of the GoPrint site and the relocation of electrical substations.

“Through our new Buy Queensland procurement policy we want to ensure a significant amount of work is done by local construction companies and local workers.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Jackie Trad, said local construction companies had secured early works contracts.

“I’m delighted that we’ve engaged local companies to undertake the early works at the GoPrint site – this includes Advanced Temporary Fencing in Yatala and SEQ based Arbor Operations,” Ms Trad said.

“Cross River Rail creates 1500 jobs every year during construction and 3000 in the peak and we’re already seeing this project benefit local companies.

“Geotechnical investigations are also about to start along the Cross River Rail corridor.

“This project will ensure high frequency, turn up and go services for commuters with the major beneficiaries the outer regions like the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Redlands and Ipswich.”

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