Cross River Rail project to double construction this year

Recruitment is underway for six trainee drivers to operate the tunnel boring machines that will dig the Metro Tunnel.Cross River Rail Minister Kate Jones today announced construction on Cross River Rail would more than double this year.

Seven sites of construction are currently active and this year up to 11 new worksites are expected to open.

Ms. Jones said there are already 1000 workers on Cross River Rail sites across the city. With the new sites set to open she said they are looking at employing an extra 1500 workers this year.

“A worksite has now been established at Boggo Road, the existing site at Woolloongabba is already a hive of activity, demolition at Albert Street in the heart of the CBD is well advanced and work at Roma Street is well and truly underway,” she said.

Work will soon start at the RNA Showgrounds ‘Exhibition’ station, at stations from Salisbury through to Fairfield, on the Gold Coast where new stations are being created at Pimpama, Helensvale North and Merrimac and at the project’s Southern tunnel portal, south of Boggo Road.

The project is expected to create 7700 construction jobs throughout south-east Queensland.

Cross River Rail Delivery Authority CEO Graeme Newton added that 2020 would see the project also pass a number of critical milestones.

“2019 was a big year for the project. We appointed our major contractors, established multiple new worksites, revealed the location of three new Gold Coast stations and launched a Precincts Delivery Strategy that will be the catalyst for up to $20 billion of investment,” he said.

“But 2020 is where things really kick up a gear. We’ll complete demolition at Roma and Albert Streets, start tunnelling from Woolloongabba to Boggo Road, start work on station upgrades and the new Gold Coast stations and we will have workers live on the project at as many as 18 sites across the city.”

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