Cross River Rail Minister Kate Jones has announced a $40 million contract for Cross River Rail has been awarded to Toowoomba-based construction company Wagners.
The deal, which is expected to span a nine-month period starting late next year, will see Wagners manufacture all of the precast concrete tunnel segments for the $10.2 kilometre rail line from Dutton Park to Bowen Hills.
The segments will be made at the company’s facility at Wacol and will then be installed in the rail line’s 5.9 kilometre twin tunnels. These will stretch underneath the Brisbane river and CBD and tunnelling is expected to begin in 2021.
Kate Jones said the announcement of this contract is ‘just the beginning’ of what Cross River Rail would mean for Queensland companies during construction.
“This is exactly the kind of economic growth and job creation that we have promised Cross River Rail will mean for Queensland,” Ms. Jones said.
“Cross River Rail is a world class project that demands the very best and this is a great example of how we already have globally-recognised companies right here in Queensland that can rise to the challenge.”
Ms. Jones said the Queensland Government’s number one priority is to create jobs for Queenslanders and this project will enable that goal.
Cross River Rail Delivery Authority CEO Graeme Newton said the sheer scale of opportunity for Queensland companies was only just beginning to reveal itself.
“We have awarded contracts for three major works packages and construction consortiums that have been awarded those contracts are now sub-contracting works to a wide variety of companies as workforces are established at sites right across the city.”