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Huge cavern excavated at Roma Street station site

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A 20-metre-deep cavern has been excavated deep underground at Cross River Rail’s Roma Street worksite, marking the start of the next construction phase.

The station box will house the future Cross River Rail Roma Street station entrance, which will rise 27 metres above the new underground rail level once completed.

The rest of the station is also taking shape, including the 280-metre-long station cavern up to 33 metres below ground, the 29-metre-deep services shaft, and the connecting tunnels and adits.

More than 200 people are working on the Roma Street site, while more than 20 people have completed an apprenticeship or traineeship on site to date.

The new Roma Street station platforms will be about 220-metres long and set up to 27 metres below the ground.

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Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said 2022 will be the year for station build and tunnel fit out, as Cross River Rail’s four underground stations, as well as multiple new above ground stations including a new station at Exhibition, start to take shape.

“And nowhere is that more evident than at Roma Street, where you not only get an epic sense of the main station but also the network of tunnels that will connect above ground rail, bus and coach services with the new high-capacity underground rail line,” Bailey said.

“This mega-project is a strong example of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to delivering quality transport infrastructure for the people of Queensland, with $5.4 billion invested by our government to get this project done right.”

Bailey said the impact of the new station on how people will travel to, from and within Brisbane in the future was a genuine game changer.

“Over 45,000 people are expected to use the new station every week-day and the new Roma Street station will not only become our state’s single most significant transport interchange, it will also be an integral part of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

“Cross River Rail is injecting more than $4 million a day into the economy and providing both job and training opportunities at a time when they’re needed most,” he said.

“Crews have done a terrific job keeping the project on schedule throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, with on-site contractors continuing to implement a wide variety of social distancing and other protective measures to main safe operations across the project’s multiple construction sites.”

Work will now continue in the station box to install drainage and commence permanent structural works, including formwork, reinforcing and concrete pours.

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