The construction of Cross River Rail’s Roma Street site has achieved a significant milestone, with works in the 20m deep station box reaching ground level.

Queensland Acting Premier, Steven Miles, said the progress was equivalent to a six-storey building being constructed below ground, with crews using 7,520 cubic metres of concrete and 14,700 tonnes of steel in the station box so far.

“Right now the ground level looks like a concrete slab, but it is the work beneath it which makes the milestone so impressive,” Mr Miles said.

“The station box will house the lifts and escalators customers will use on their way down to the underground platforms.”

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister, Mark Bailey, said progress would become more visible during 2023, with around 150 workers on site.

“Construction is continuing on the station box’s back-of-house structure, which will start rising out of the ground early this year,” Mr Bailey said.

“Piling works will also commence shortly ahead of installation of structural steel for the station’s canopy towards the middle of the year.”

When the canopy is complete, it will rise approximately 23m above ground level.

Queensland Member for McConnel, Grace Grace, said works were also progressing well in Roma Street’s 280-metre-long station cavern, with about 13,100 cubic metres of concrete and 1,800 tonnes of steel used to complete its permanent lining.

“This is just one of four underground stations under construction and one of more than 15 separate sites where work is currently underway to deliver this transformational project,” Ms Grace said.

The above image is a rendering of how Roma Street station is expected to look once completed.

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