|The route of Cross River Rail Mk3|
Detailed information is currently lacking. However, based on available information, what are the good, middling, and unknown aspects of the latest $5.2b version of Cross River Rail?
- The return of a station of Park Road / Boggo Road. The lack of this was the BaT tunnel's achilles heel, as it provides essential interchange between the Cleveland Line, existing lines, Cross River Rail, and the Eastern Busway.
- Station at Exhibition.
- No unnecessary bus tunnel - SE busway congestion can be resolved by bus network reform instead.
- Connections with existing rail network at both ends - though this alone only allows for small network capacity increases.
- Based on the much reviewed route via Park Rd, Woollongabba, Albert St, Roma St, Exhibition.
- Setting up of statutory authority for delivery.
- Federal funding is likely to be a hot topic as ALP Bill Shorten has promised funding.
- Alignment moved back from George St to Albert St. One block further away from the casino, but probably overall better placed to serve a larger area. Not sure of reason for change.
- Have connections for a future Trouts Rd (Northwestern Transportation Corridor) been incorporated into the design? This line is essential for large scale increased in capacity from the North.
- With a tunnel portal around Dutton Park, how will capacity be significantly increased from the South? Significant track enhancements are required between the portal and Beenleigh. Will this be included in the $5.2b funding?
- What changes will be made around Mayne junction to increase capacity from the North?
- How will this be funded?
- Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is refusing to partially fund Cross River Rail, claiming that Brisbane City Council do not fund rail. Just a second, Quirky, your metro idea is rail isn't it? With Graham Quirk wanting to build the Brisbane Metro which is likely to have a poor/fraudulent business case vs excellent past business cases for Cross River Rail, it appears that Graham Quirk does not have Brisbane's interests at heart and is playing destructive political games.
- Bob Katter and Rob Pyne are throwing their toys out of his pram over more funding for Brisbane. Hmmm, Mt Isa and Cairns probably need a bit of a population increase before they get a metro system. Unless they want a metro for kangaroos and cattle?
Cross River Rail website:
BrizCommuter Rail Capacity Study: