According the QLD state government, the key findings of the business case are:
- For every $1 invested in the project it returns $1.41 to the people of Queensland.
- The project will generate an average of 1500 jobs each year over the construction period, with a peak of 3000 in the most intensive year.
- CRR will provide capacity for ‘turn-up-and-go’ services for South East Queenslanders.
- CRR will help reduce pressure on the region’s roads, freeing them up for commercial vehicles and commuter buses.
- It will enable greater integration of bus and rail services which will help to maximise the State Government’s rail network investments and Brisbane City Council’s investment in Brisbane Metro and improved bus services.
- Total daily public transport trips (bus & rail) will climb from around 510,000 to more than 880,000 in 2026 and to more than 1.1 million by 2036.
- Higher public transport use, increase frequencies, reduced journey times, reduced crowding, increased network reliability.
- Facilitate city building and urban growth.
- Improve population and employment linkages.
- Improve SEQ's economic potential.
- Road de-congestion,
- Supply chain improvements.
|Cross River Rail map|
The benefit improvements are obviously welcome. However, there is still no detail on the additional costs for out of scope infrastructure, required to meet the projected service frequencies. Irrespective of this, the current ALP government are committed to funding CRR, with support from the LNP Brisbane City Council, and even road lobbyists RACQ.
Unfortunately, the LNP Federal Government, and LNP state opposition just don't get it. The Tim Nicholls led state opposition still appear that they want to delay or axe CRR if they get into power. This is rather ironic given that they were so keen to proceed with the seriously flawed BaT Tunnel three years ago. Excuses are that patronage is not growing. As previously discussed in this blog, there is considerable latent demand for public transport in Brisbane, however it is being held back to due to fare increases by the previous ALP and LNP governments, and mediocre train frequencies due to lack of staff, trains, and willpower during the last decade. It appears that LNP do not have the interests of SE Queenslanders at heart, with their destructive transport policies only appealing to car manufacturers and oil companies. Sadly, due to the ALP governments lacklustre efforts in resolving the LNP induced QR Rail Fail increasing the likelihood of political annihilation, the future of CRR, and thus Brisbane being competitive for business in the future is in serious doubt.