Contractors are now locked in for all three new train stations being built at Pimpama, Hope Island and Merrimac on the Gold Coast.
Cross River Rail has been tasked with assisting in the delivery of the stations to help connect South East Queensland’s growing population, which is being undertaken as a rolling program of works.
Acciona Georgiou Joint Venture (AGJV) has been awarded the contract to design and build Hope Island station.
AGJV is already delivering the Coomera Connector Stage 1 North package, which sits right next to the Hope Island station site. Cross River Rail said that having the same contractor deliver both projects helped solve complex logistical and interface challenges – particularly around safety and delivery timeframes.
Fulton Hogan will design and build Merrimac station, finalising major contractor procurement for the three new stations after ADCO Constructions was locked in to deliver Pimpama station in early-2023.
The new stations will service some of Australia’s fastest growing suburbs and include a range of features, including kiss ‘n’ ride and commuter parking facilities, integrated bus stops and connections to nearby pedestrian and cycle paths.
Major construction is underway at Pimpama, while enabling works and site investigations have started at Hope Island and Merrimac. The stations are scheduled to be operational in line with the first Cross River Rail services to the Gold Coast.
Meanwhile, in Brisbane, Cross River Rail crews have just finished a mammoth 15-day work program, working day and night during track closures to complete critical works in the rail corridor that could not have been done with trains running.
A shorter set of track closures – from Sunday, September 30 to Thursday, October 5 – is about to start, which will impact the Beenleigh-Ferny Grove, Gold Coast-Airport Cleveland and Shorncliffe lines.
During the 15 day closure, major track and station works were carried out around Dutton Park, Yeronga and Fairfield, Yeerongpilly station was readied for closure, and South East Queensland’s new world-class signalling system was tested on the Shorncliffe line.
Over the shorter closure, crews will complete maintenance work on the Annerley Road bridge near Dutton Park station, and significant upgrades to rail infrastructure near Yeerongpilly station.
Yeerongpilly station closed on Monday, September 18, for a full accessibility rebuild, and is scheduled to reopen in late-2024.
The station is one of seven being between Dutton Park and Salisbury being rebuilt through Cross River Rail.