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Brisbane’s major rail project has drawn inspiration from iconic train stations from around the world, as the linchpin for the 2032 Games takes shape.
The Cross River Rail tunnel network is nearing completion, as thousands of workers below the city’s surface begin transforming large caverns in the ground into station platforms of the future.
The Woolloongabba station will be the centrepiece of the Olympic Games’ transport network, feeding millions of fans into the event’s focal stadium in 11 years’ time.
Its concrete walls are reinforced in preparation for the installation of rail as well as electrical and communication wiring, but the bold vision extends to above the earth’s surface, according to Cross River Rail Delivery Authority chief executive Graeme Newton.
Graeme Newton has grand plans for the rail stations. Brad Fleet Credit: News Corp AustraliaHe has grand plans for the station to be the focal point for the Brisbane inner-south suburb, resembling the grandeur of iconic stations such as London’s Kings Cross.
Either side of the redeveloped Gabba stadium will be reimagined to be an integrated space for the community, incorporating residential, entertainment areas and open space.
Cross River Rail was already locked in as vital infrastructure, but Mr Newton said its connectivity will set the Brisbane Games apart.
“The notion of being able to catch a train to the primary Olympic venue is just fantastic,” he said on Monday.
Sections of the network just needs wiring and rail lines. Brad Fleet Credit: News Corp Australia“This is a normal station out of the Olympic period – it’s not like Homebush, where you get out there and then the train comes back.”
This article first appeared on thewest.com.au
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