The Queensland Government has unveiled plans to redevelop the precinct around the Brisbane Cricket Ground – the Gabba – as part of the Cross River Rail project.
Queensland’s Cross River Rail Delivery Authority will work with key stakeholders to develop a precinct plan for the Gabba’s new station.
Deputy Queensland Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad said the redevelopment would include building a land bridge over Main Street – the seven-lane road between the Gabba and the future site of Woolloongabba Station.
Woolloongabba is one of five new high-capacity stations being built as part of the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail Project – a 10.2-kilometre rail line between Dutton Park and Bowen Hills, which includes 5.9 kilometres of tunnelling beneath the Brisbane River and CBD.
Ms. Trad said the Gabba’s new station would be the catalyst for transformation around the precinct.
“When Cross River Rail is complete, Woolloongabba will be just minutes by train to the new Albert Street station in Brisbane’s CBD and close to the growing health, science and education precinct at Boggo Road,” she said.
“Plans are for the whole city block, which includes the Landcentre, old South Brisbane Dental Hospital and Goprint sites, to be completely transformed over the next decade.”
Ms. Trad said fans will begin accessing the Gabba via the new Cross River Rail underground station in 2024 which would also facilitate the remake of the whole 6.5-hectare Woolloongabba site.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said $2 million had been committed to begin planning and start the consultation process with potential investors and the community, as part of the redevelopment.
“While a station to stadium connection will make game days easier for fans and families, new and improved public spaces and facilities will encourage even more visitors to the suburb outside of major event days,” Ms. Palaszczuk said.
“Cross River Rail will enable turn-up-and-go frequency public transport across the network, meaning fans from across SEQ will find it even easier to jump on a train and get down to support the mighty Brisbane Lions or the Brisbane Heat.”