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MORE than a dozen companies and consortiums are keen on building parts of Brisbane’s $5.4 billion Cross River Rail transport system as a public-private partnership (PPP).
Registration closed on Friday for formal expressions of interest to construct the 5.9km train tunnel under the river and CBD, and four underground stations.
A spokeswoman for Deputy Premier and Infrastructure Minister Jackie Trad said more than 12 groups had thrown their names into the hat.
The PPP will cover the tunnel, stations at Boggo Road, Woolloongabba, Albert St and Roma St, as well as commercial and retail developments in and above stations.
Ms Trad said there was “an enormous amount of interest’’ from companies wanting to know how to become involved in the project.
The Cross River Rail network, running 10.2km from Dutton Park to Bowen Hills, is the state’s number one infrastructure project.
“When complete, Cross River Rail will transform our rail network, meaning more trains more often,” Ms Trad said.
“It will unlock the bottleneck at the centre of the southeast’s transport system, busting congestion for road users and delivering faster travel times for public transport users.
“It’s the missing piece of infrastructure we need to deliver a more integrated transport system, and provide southeast Queenslanders with a ‘turn-up-and-go’ experience,’’ she said.
A $300,000 contract to demolish the former government Goprint building to make room for the new Woolloongabba station and commercial developments has been awarded to Lawnton-based Caylamax Demolitions and work will start next month.
Demolition of the Goprint building at Woolloongabba will start next month.Ms Trad said it fitted with the Government’s “Buy Queensland’’ procurement policy to preference local companies.
“Cross River Rail is more than just a rail project, it is already generating Queensland jobs and stimulating our local economy.’’
The Woolloongabba station will service The Gabba stadium and fast-growing suburb, and link to the future Brisbane Metro system on the adjacent busway.
The Government Landcare building and South Brisbane Dental Hospital will also be demolished.
The LNP has not committed to going ahead with Cross River Rail if it wins the next state election, saying the business case needs to be re-examined.
This article first appeared on www.couriermail.com.au
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