The Cross River Rail has taken an important next step, with the construction contract official signed.
It means the project is guaranteed to go ahead, bringing more trains to south east Queensland.
Pulse has put pen to paper on the project, to finance design, construction and maintenance of the new tunnels and rail stations.
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Deputy Premier Jackie Trad says this will be the biggest infrastructure project in south east Queensland for decades.
“This project will create 7,700 jobs during construction, and we expect to see those jobs starting in the next couple of months.
“It means that we will be able to slash travel times and increase service frequency for commuters right across the south east corner, from the Gold Coast to the Sunshine Coast and out to Ipswich,” Ms Trad said
Construction is set to begin later this year, starting with the demolition of the Roma Street Transit Centre in Brisbane.
Ms Trad says the project will transform public transport in the region.
“By 2036, the south-east corner alone will be home to nearly five million people which makes the need for turn up and go public transport essential.
“South East Queensland is one of Australia’s fastest growing regions, and we need to build infrastructure now that helps us keep pace with that growth.
“Our public transport network is nearing capacity, constrained by a single rail river crossing with all lines running through the same four city centre stations.
“Cross River Rail will unlock this bottleneck creating new capacity for the whole region as it grows, ensuring high-capacity train stations where they are needed most,” Ms Trad said.