Sunday, May 8, 2016

Roma Street to be buried underground?

An interesting article in the Brisbane Times website mentions plans by AEG Ogden to build a 17,000 capacity entertainment venue, cinemas, restaurants, and public space above "Roma St Rail Yards". Interestingly "Roma St Rail Yards" were actually replaced by Roma St Parklands many years ago. It appears that almost the entire Roma Street station (apart from the heritage listed buildings) will be buried underground this development to be called "Brisbane Live".
The station is under there somewhere.  
Now this is certainly not a bad thing. Brisbane could do with a large entertainment centre in the CBD instead of it's current location in a swamp on the Shorncliffe Line (which results in car reliance to get home from concerts). The development would also improve access between Suncorp Stadium and Roma Street station, which is currently somewhat mediocre. There are many other examples of stations being built over, including Federation Square above parts of Flinders St station in Melbourne. However, there are a few things that BrizCommuter thinks is essential in this development if it goes ahead:

  • That the state government / QR make some profits from the use of "air rights" over the railway land. 
  • That rail disruption is kept to a  minimum during construction. 
  • That any expected future changes to the track layout at Roma Street are not compromised. 
  • That the addition of a station at Roma Street for Cross River Rail is not compromised.
The latter is quite a concern, given that the current state government may have missed the boat regarding building a station box for Cross River Rail as part of the Queen's Wharf Development. This could be a fantastic development for Brisbane, just as long as future public transport improvements are not compromised.  

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