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SEQ network impacted by Cross River Rail closures

Cross River Rail closures

Cross River Rail crews are preparing for one of their biggest operations yet with track closures and transport changes required from late December and then into January, to allow for critical works on the transformational Brisbane project.

The track closures – taking place from December 23 until January 18, 2024 – will see all train lines on the SEQ rail network impacted at different stages.

The works will involve continuous intensive effort across multiple work sites to undertake substantial infrastructure works critical to Cross River Rail’s completion, and will include track reconfigurations, tunnel portal works, accessibility upgrades to the stations between Dutton Park and Salisbury and track as well as civil works between Bowen Hills and Albion.

The nature of the work means that track closures are unavoidable and closed tracks also mean that the works can take place safely and efficiently within the rail corridor.

During the closures, there will be plenty of alternative transport options available, including replacement rail buses, and customers are encouraged to allow extra travel time and plan their journey before travelling.

A temporary road-to-rail transfer facility has also been built to ensure critical intermodal freight can continue to be transported to and from Brisbane.

The track closures end on Thursday, January 18, with services returning to a regular timetable from first service on Friday, January 19, 2024.

The important works throughout December and January follow a road upgrade at the New Generation Rollingstock (NGR) Wulkuraka Depot, that will enable the delivery of onboard upgrades to the entire NGR fleet, and allow trains to operate on the Cross River Rail line

The NGR onboard upgrades to be fitted include:

  • European Train Control System Level 2
  • Automatic Train Operation
  • Platform screen doors

These upgrades will be delivered in time for the start of services on the Cross River Rail infrastructure.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said while construction meant impacts to train services, it was critical to integrate the megaproject into the wider network and improve accessibility.

“While trains won’t be able to operate across some parts of the network to ensure works can be carried out safely and efficiently, the works have been scheduled during the traditionally quieter December and January period to minimise impacts,” he said.

Cross River Rail CEO Graeme Newton said the huge scope of closures and works included track realignments, raising tracks and signalling works.

“There will be plenty of accessibility improvements completed at several stations as well, including 45 tonnes of new overpass sections lifted into place at Dutton Park, installation of stairs and a lifts, and rubber fingers installed at Rocklea, that will reduce the gap between the train and platform,” he said.

“This is all critical work that requires continuous and intensive effort over a prolonged period of time in the rail corridor.”

For more information about upcoming works and disruptions, visit Cross River Rail’s Travel Checker.

To plan journeyd in advance, download the MyTranslink app, visit or call 13 12 30.