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New train stabling yard on track


The first sections of track have been laid as part of a crucial expansion of the Mayne Yard train depot, marking a huge milestone for Cross River Rail and South East Queensland’s growing rail network. 

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said a new stabling facility at Mayne Yard North would help boost network efficiency and capacity. 

Once complete, the stabling yard will allow up to 17 additional six-car trains to be stabled on site, which boosts stabling capacity at the inner-city depot by more than a third. 

“Not only does it form part of the wider enabling works underway at Mayne Yard and Clapham Yard ahead of Cross River Rail’s opening, but it will also support our record $7.1 billion investment in 65 new trains to be built in Queensland in time for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” Bailey said. 

“The new facility will help ensure our rail network has the capacity to stable, clean and maintain the trains that our growing region will need into the future.” 

With the year of tunnelling coming to a close, Bailey said the action on Cross River Rail worksites across the South East was ramping up. 

“The Cross River Rail project is an important part of Queensland’s future – creating long-lasting jobs and quality infrastructure as the state’s population booms and we plan for the Games,” he said.  

“And it’s because of our strong response to COVID-19 that we can get on with the job of delivering this massive infrastructure project on time. 

“Soon, we’ll see tunnel boring machines, Else and Merle, break ground at the northern portal. Officially connecting Brisbane’s north and south via twin tunnels under the river. 

“This is a massive feat of engineering that more than 7700 workers can boast they had a hand in building.” 

Bailey said while Mayne Yard North at Bowen Hills was one of the lesser-known Cross River Rail worksites, it was one of the largest and most impressive. 

“All up, almost four-and-a-half kilometres of track will be laid at Mayne Yard North, made up of about 28,000 tonnes of rock ballast, almost 5800 concrete sleepers, and 95 individual lengths of rail,” he said. 

“Around 100 workers are on site every day completing a range of activities, including installing foundations and masts for overhead electrical lines, earthworks, installing stormwater drainage, and constructing new train crew facilities as well as a new state-of-the-art graffiti removal shed.” 

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