Passenger Rail

Queensland begins search for Cross River Rail board members

Queensland’s Palaszczuk Government is looking for board members for the new Cross River Rail Delivery Authority.

Infrastructure minister and acting premier Jackie Trad formally opened a nationwide Expressions of Interest process for board members on Saturday, January 14.

Under the current proposal, Cross River Rail will be a 10.2-kilometre link from Dutton Park to Bown Hills in Brisbane, including 5.9 kilometres of tunnel under the Brisbane River and CBD.

The project will connect to both northern and southern rail networks, “providing significant benefits to commuters from both directions,” the state has said.

$10 million in funding from the Federal Government as well as funding from the State, and the passing of a Bill in October 2016, laid the foundation for the Palaszczuk Government to begin planning the Authority which will deliver the project.

“Cross River Rail is the most important city shaping project for Brisbane in a generation and we want the Board that will deliver it to be made up of the most talented and experienced people,” Trad said.

“In 25 years’ time more than five million people will call South East Queensland home and Cross River Rail is critical to managing growth and maintaining our unique lifestyle.

“By removing a bottleneck across the Brisbane River, Cross River Rail will free up the transport network right across South East Queensland – getting commuters home faster, helping to manage growth and creating thousands of jobs.”

Trad said the state wants the project to be not only about transport, but about development.

“With this is mind, we are looking for experts not just in infrastructure delivery, but also those with experience in urban renewal projects and innovation,” she said.

“Through their role on the Delivery Authority they will have the opportunity to lead the development, procurement and delivery of Cross River Rail and drive urban renewal within the wider economic corridor.

“We will leave no stone unturned in order to get the right people on board to deliver Cross River Rail.”

The Cross River Rail Delivery Authority will be formally established in March.

It will consist of 10 members, including “up to six” external expert directors, one of whom will represent the Federal Government, Trad said.

Expressions of Interest are open until 3 February with board members to be announced soon after.