|Cross River Rail Map|
- Increased rail capacity through Brisbane's CBD by approx. 50%.
- Allows for service frequency increases on the Gold Coast, Beenleigh, Cleveland, Sunshine Coast, Caboolture, and Kippa-Ring Lines - though extra "out of scope" infrastructure (tracks, and trains) is required to maximise capacity, which will cost $ billions more.
- Allows for passenger services on the Salisbury to Beaudesert Line.
- Allows for future addition of the Trouts Rd Line (North West Transportation Corridor) to increase rail capacity from the North and serve Northern Suburbs, though tunnel stubs are lacking in the design.
- Allows for frequent train services to the South end of Brisbane's CBD, Wooloongabba, and Exhibition.
- Reduces road congestion.
- Will increase property prices and aid development along served corridors.
- Economic benefits of improved transport options in SE Queensland.
- Is complemented by the "Brisbane Metro" Bus Rapid Transit system.
- Supports Queens Wharf and proposed Brisbane Live developments.
- Eliminates the need for operationally problematic Ekka Loop train services.
So is CRR definitely going to happen? CRR becoming reality may depend upon the result of the looming Queensland state election. Unfortunately the LNP have a history of destructive public transport policies. These include the ill-though out CRR alternatives - "The Cleveland Solution" and "BaT Tunnel". The latter has delayed CRR by at least 3 years. The LNP's driver recruitment freeze was also a notable factor contributing towards QR's Rail Fail. LNP opposition leader Tim Nicholls has not displayed any signs of being pro-CRR, and has been reported by industry insiders as "just not getting it". Thus unless CRR's contracts and construction are sufficiently advanced before the LNP get back in power, then CRR hangs in the balance.
As a side note - Ms Palaszczuk and Ms Trad - don't forget to order more trains and employ more train crew for CRR!