QLD’s Cross River Rail

Trying to find one solution for bus and rail is not the way forward for Cross River Rail project

A shared bus and rail corridor for Brisbane’s Cross River Rail project has been ruled out by Queensland minister for transport Jackie Trad recently.

The Cross River Rail project was initially proposed as a rail line and bus way that involved the creation of twin 5.4-kilometre tunnels underneath the Brisbane River in 2010.

The Queensland Government project team will soon deliver an updated business case, which will be considered by the Federal Government.

Trad says the project will go ahead and provide a more efficient public transport system that can cope with future demand, but resources must be used wisely.

"The Queensland Government will include a complete business case as part of a funding submission to Infrastructure Australia and the Federal Government for this urgently needed project," she says.

"We will also seek to re-establish the ready-to-proceed status previously applied to the Cross River Rail project."

The project will not see a combination of bus and rail, at least along the same corridor, which was a method that some submissions had previously suggested.

"Considerable cost and time savings will be achieved during this evaluation phase by using planning prepared as part of the previous projects – that work will not be wasted," Trad says.

"However, there will be no combination of buses and trains in the Cross River Rail design going forward.

"Buses and trains play different roles in our transport network and combining them in the same corridor does not make sense."

While the project aims to boost capacity of the rail network, there should be benefits for bus as well.

"Increasing the capacity of our rail network is one of our top priorities, we are working to identify solutions," Trad says.

"Our assessment will include an investigation of elements of the Cross River Rail and bus and train projects to identify a preferred solution to address these capacity issues."

This will also include a detailed assessment of the feasibility of introducing new generation signalling to the inner-city rail network, which would allow higher frequency of services.

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