‘It is epic down there’: First look at Brisbane’s new underground station

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‘It is epic down there’: First look at Brisbane’s new underground station

By Lydia Lynch

The first 400 metres of tunnels have been dug for Brisbane’s new underground station at Roma Street.

Roma Street will be one of four underground stations built as part of Cross River Rail - the others will be at Boggo Road, Woolloongabba and Albert Street.

Visiting the site on Monday, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Roma Street would be Brisbane’s “equivalent of a grand central station”.

“This is the type of infrastructure that is needed for a 2032 Olympics,” she said.

“The station will be 27 metres below ground level and have two 220-metre platforms and by 2036 there should be 46,000 people expected to use this station alone every weekday.”

Two boring machines were lowered into the ground at Woolloongabba earlier this year, each digging a tunnel under the Brisbane River towards Roma Street.

The machines were expected to tunnel under the Kangaroo Point Cliffs and to break through to the Albert Street site in mid-2021 before they emerged at Normanby at the end of the year.

Transport Minster Mark Bailey travelled six storeys below ground on Monday to inspect the site and said excavation of the 280-metre-long station cavern was almost finished.

“It is absolutely epic down there,” he said.

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“This is something that will have a wow factor for Brisbane passengers when it is complete and those trains are coming through.

“Seeing it emerge underground, it is really quite extraordinary.”

Transport Minister Mark Bailey inspects work on the underground train station at Roma Street. 

Transport Minister Mark Bailey inspects work on the underground train station at Roma Street. 

Mr Bailey said many people did not appreciate the “sheer scale of work taking place under their feet”.

“Late last year we said goodbye to Brisbane’s ugliest building, the Brisbane Transit Centre, and now piling work has started to stabilise the ground in preparation to excavate the station building shaft,” he said.

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“More than 385 metres of tunnels has been excavated so far.”

“If 1 William Street was put on its side and shoved underground, it still wouldn’t be as long as Roma Street’s station cavern once it’s fully excavated,” he said.

The new Roma Street station will open when Cross River Rail starts operating in 2025.

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