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Brisbane is one step closer to a Cross River Rail network after the awarding of contracts for the $5.4 billion project.
Premier Annastacia Pallaszczuk has revealed major tunnelling works will begin late next year.
The state’s biggest single infrastructure investment is due to be finished by 2024.
It will, the Premier said, create more than 7000 jobs, and, when finished, cut travel time, and take 47,000 cars of roads in the south-east.
It’ll include a 5.9 kilometre to tunnel under the Brisbane River, and four new underground stations, including Albert Street, the first new railway stop in the CBD in a century.
The next major work will be the demolition of three buildings at the Roma Street Transit Centre, on the city’s north western edge.
The line, from Dutton Park, to Bowen Hills, will create 18,000 passenger seats during the morning peak.
And, there’ll be business and residential developments above the new stations.
The entire project has been dogged by political brawling over how it’ll be funded.
While the Federal Government has constantly refused to contribute, Bill Shorten has committed $2.2 billion if Labor wins next month’s Federal election.
If they don’t, the state government will go it alone, and pay the entire bill.
The Premier has hailed it as a congestion-busting, city-changing moment in history.
This article first appeared on www.9news.com.au
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