Render of the completed Ekka Station.

Works are progressing well on the new year-round Ekka station being delivered through Cross River Rail, with the old station building and platforms demolished to make way for the new construction.

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister, Mark Bailey, said that construction at the Ekka precinct is charging ahead, including demolition of the existing Ekka station.

“In its place, Cross River Rail is delivering a new fully accessible 365 days-a-year train station at the Brisbane Showgrounds, which will service the growing entertainment, business and health precinct every day of the year – not just for special events like the Ekka.”

There will still be plenty of transport options available to Ekka goers, including trains and buses from nearby stops and stations, and additional shuttle services.

Cross River Rail CEO, Graeme Newton, explained that a temporary platform was considered in an effort to open the station for Ekka, but due to a range of factors, including safety, it was not feasible.

“Meanwhile, works are progressing really well – with the old station building and platforms demolished and 1.2km of new tracks laid, works are underway on the second rail bridge that will form part of the station building.

“Over coming months, we will see critical steel supports installed for the new station building followed by works on the new station itself, including lifts.”

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