In an effort to support the renewal of Brisbane’s underutilised inner-city transport precinct, a Roma Street Cross River Rail Priority Development Area (PDA) has been declared.
Queensland Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, Cameron Dick, said declaring the approximately 32-hectare PDA would fast-track the development and delivery of the new underground Cross River Rail (CRR) station.
“The new Cross River Rail Roma Street station will be the city’s pivotal arrival point, linking passengers with the existing interstate and suburban rail, the busway station and proposed Brisbane Metro station,” he said.
“Built around renewed heritage places, new public spaces, parkland, and potential major entertainment facilities, the location will become one of Brisbane’s key cultural and recreational precincts.
“There will be unique opportunities for urban development, economic stimulation and job creation. It will provide critical public transport connectivity between the precinct and the city centre and to the nearby neighbourhoods of Petrie Terrace and Spring Hill.”
Mr Dick said to ensure work on the new city inner station remains on track, an Interim Land Use Plan will be in place until the development scheme is finalised.
“With the PDA now declared the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority will work closely with the state government, Brisbane City Council and the community to finalise a development scheme for the site within the next 18 months,” he said.
“The community will then have an opportunity to comment on the Roma Street Cross River Rail PDA proposed development scheme when it is publicly notified.
“It’s also full steam ahead for another CRR project with the Albert Street CRR PDA Development Scheme now approved and in effect.
Mr Dick said the scheme is the planning framework that will guide the development of the two sites on the corner of Albert and Mary Streets to support the delivery of a new underground station.
“Albert Street CRR station will have a significant impact on how we move in and around our CBD.
“Located at a key city centre intersection, the new station will provide easy access to the landmark destinations in southern parts of our city including QUT’s Gardens Point campus, the new Queen’s Wharf casino and resort development, an upgraded Eagle Street business district and the City Botanic Gardens.”
Minister for Cross River Rail, Kate Jones, said works had begun on the site, with the section of Albert Street between Mary and Charlotte streets now closed permanently to vehicles.
“This $5.4 billion project is beginning to take shape,” Ms Jones said.
“Demolition activities are well underway, with piling works to begin soon that will create a solid foundation for the Albert Street construction access shaft.
“This will be the first train station built in the Brisbane CBD in more than 120 years and will create a new landmark in the heart of the city.
“Improving connectivity by public transport to the southern city centre, it is expected that almost 70,000 people will use the new Albert Street station each week day by 2036.”
Cross River Rail is a 10.2km rail line from Dutton Park to Bowen Hills, including 5.9kms of tunnel under the Brisbane River and City Centre.
The project includes five new high-capacity stations at Boggo Road, Woolloongabba, Albert Street, Roma Street and Exhibition, providing direct access to business, retail, education and entertainment.