The State Government has announced that construction has started on the new Exhibition station at the RNA Showgrounds, meaning year-round trains for Brisbane’s fastest-growing entertainment, business and health precinct are a step closer.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey outlined that the station’s existing western platform had been demolished so the 75-person construction team could begin on the new Cross River Rail station and tracks.
“This is a really significant milestone for the much-needed upgrade of this station to ensure train services operate here every day of the year, not just for special events like the Ekka”.
“The Ekka is the most well-known and celebrated event held each year at the Brisbane Showgrounds, but at their peak, they can host up to 250 events a year”.
“This new station will deliver trains into the heart of this heritage-listed precinct for residents and businesses, visitors and staff at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and the thousands of people who visit the Ekka, the Convention Centre and nearby bars and restaurants,” Mr Bailey said.
Exhibition Station Project
– New island platform with two platforms for multidirectional travel
– Demolition of the station’s western platform (platform 3)
– Piling pad construction, installation of water mains and sewers
– Demolition of the existing pavement
– Construction of the new Cross River Rail tracks
– A pedestrian link will connect the station to Bowen Bridge Road
– Lifts to the island platform to improve accessibility, movement and safety
– Design to align the station more closely with the precinct’s look and feel Greater disability access, and enhance sun protection provided
The new station is expected to be used by more than 9,000 people each week day by 2036 and will be accessible after Ekka 2022, which at this time the existing station’s remaining platforms 1 and 2 will be demolished.
Mr Bailey said the demolition of the western platform would provide the space needed to construct the first tracks of the new station, which would sit up to four metres above the RNA Showgrounds.
“A viaduct will be constructed to support the rail tracks and train platforms over the showgrounds”.
“Construction of the viaduct will start soon and the plan if for it to be in operating after next year’s Ekka, meaning we’ll gradually start to see the final station taking shape ,” he said.
Grace Grace, McConnel MP outlined that more than 75 workers were expected to help construct the new Exhibition station, including six apprentices. Ms Grace said the Exhibition station would open for daily use in time for Cross River Rail’s opening in 2025, the same year the Brisbane Showgrounds are expected to celebrate their 150 year anniversary.
“As we continue to unite and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, Cross River Rail is providing employment opportunities and an economic boost right when our state needs it the most.”
“The project is injecting $4.1 million a day into Queensland’s economy, and has employed more than 2,400 workers so far”.
“Over the past decade, the Showgrounds precinct has been transformed into an urban village with new residential and commercial development”.
“Cross River Rail’s new year round Ekka station will deliver huge improvements to public transport options for the many local residents who now call this part of the inner-city their home,” she said.
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– Media Release: Major works on display for new, year-round Exhibition train station
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