Major works on display for new, year-round Exhibition train station

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10 February 2021

More jobs are coming online to support Queensland’s economic recovery as another Cross River Rail work site ramps up in inner-Brisbane.

Part of the Palaszczuk Government’s $50 billion infrastructure pipeline over the next four years, construction has started on the new Exhibition station at the RNA Showgrounds, meaning year-round trains for Brisbane’s fastest-growing entertainment, business and health precinct are a step closer.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the station’s existing western platform had been demolished so the 75-person construction team could begin on the new Cross River Rail station and tracks.

“This is a really significant milestone for the much-needed upgrade of this station to ensure train services operate here every day of the year, not just for special events like the Ekka,” Mr Bailey said.

“The Ekka is the most well-known and celebrated event held each year at the Brisbane Showgrounds, but at their peak, they can host up to 250 events a year.

“This new station will deliver trains into the heart of this heritage-listed precinct for residents and businesses, visitors and staff at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and the thousands of people who visit the Ekka, the Convention Centre and nearby bars and restaurants.”

Mr Bailey said the demolition of the western platform would provide the space needed to construct the first tracks of the new station, which would sit up to four metres above the RNA Showgrounds.

“A viaduct will be constructed to support the rail tracks and train platforms over the showgrounds,” he said.

“Construction of the viaduct will start soon and the plan if for it to be in operating after next year’s Ekka, meaning we’ll gradually start to see the final station taking shape.”

McConnel MP Grace Grace said more than 75 workers were expected to help construct the new Exhibition station, including six apprentices.

“As we continue to unite and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, Cross River Rail is providing employment opportunities and an economic boost right when our state needs it the most,” she said.

“The project is injecting $4.1 million a day into Queensland’s economy, and has employed more than 2,400 workers so far.”

“Over the past decade, the Showgrounds precinct has been transformed into an urban village with new residential and commercial development.

“Cross River Rail’s new year round Ekka station will deliver huge improvements to public transport options for the many local residents who now call this part of the inner-city their home.”

Ms Grace said the Exhibition station would open for daily use in time for Cross River Rail’s opening in 2025, the same year the Brisbane Showgrounds are expected to celebrate their 150 year anniversary.

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Source:  Queensland Government - www.statements.qld.gov.au

Date of Original:  04 February 2021

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