Engineering, Passenger Rail

Priority area declared for Roma Street

Development will be facilitated around a future train station at Roma Street in Brisbane, with the establishment of a Priority Development Area (PDA) around the site by the state government.

Planning minister Cameron Dick said on December 13 the approximately 32-hectare PDA would fast-track development and delivery of the new underground station being built as part of the Cross River Rail project.

“The new Cross River Rail Roma Street station will be the city’s pivotal arrival point, linking passengers with the existing interstate and suburban rail, the busway station and proposed Brisbane Metro station,” Dick said.

“There will be unique opportunities for urban development, economic stimulation and job creation. It will provide critical public transport connectivity between the precinct and the city centre and to the nearby neighbourhoods of Petrie Terrace and Spring Hill.”

With the PDA now declared, Dick said the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority will work closely with Brisbane City Council and the community to finalise a development scheme for the site over the next 18 months.

The Roma Street PDA follows the establishment of a similar scheme for the future Albert Street station, also being delivered as part of Cross River Rail.

Minister for Cross River Rail Kate Jones said works have begun at Albert Street.

“Demolition activities are well underway, with piling works to begin soon that will create a solid foundation for the Albert Street construction access shaft,” Jones said.

“This will be the first train station built in the Brisbane CBD in more than 120 years and will create a new landmark in the heart of the city.”