QUEENSLAND Premier Anna Bligh has announced plans to build Brisbane CBD's first new train station in 100 years at Albert Street as part of Brisbane's $8 billion Cross River Rail Project.
The Albert Street Station is one of four new underground stations including Roma Street, the Boggo Road Urban Village and Woolloongabba. The Albert Street station will have subway style portal entries from various street locations on the surface above the new underground station.
Premier Anna Bligh said the underground station was a "game changer" for rail in South East Queensland. "A station in Albert Street will provide a link directly to the heart of the CBD and make travelling to popular destinations such as the Queen Street Mall, the Botanic Gardens and QUT Gardens Point a lot easier," she said.
She said one of the most exiting features of the proposed new station is the potential for rejuvenation in the southern part of the CBD.
"Cross River Rail is critical to delivering more services from the suburbs to the CBD and without a second river crossing we simply will not have room for more train services between the north and south of Brisbane," Ms Bligh said.
Ms Bligh said the Albert Street location was selected following detailed technical investigations as well as feedback from commuters, workers and students that travel to the CBD. George Street and Edward Street were investigated as other potential sites but Ms Bligh said Albert Street was selected "because it provides the best transport, city and community outcomes."
Ms Bligh said private sector as well as public funding would be critical for the delivery of Cross River Rail. The Federal Government is currently providing $20 million and the Queensland Government $5 million for the current feasibility study. Ms Bligh said the Queensland Government would continue to work with the Federal Government and private sector to ensure the project is delivered by 2016. Construction is expected to take four years.
The Cross River Rail is a proposed new north-south rail line in Brisbane's inner city, including a new tunnel under the Brisbane River and four new underground inner city rail stations. Further information is available from the Cross River Rail website at <http://www.crossriverrail.qld.gov.au/>.