Transformation of Brisbane’s sporting precinct
Cross River Rail’s new station at the Woolloongabba will be the catalyst for a transformation of access and transport to Brisbane’s iconic sporting precinct The Gabba, according to an announcement made by the provincial government of Australia’s Queensland state.
Queensland’s Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad recently unveiled an exciting concept for the future of the precinct around the Gabba including a land bridge to span Main Street providing a safe and vibrant ‘front door’ for sports fans.
Trad said fans will begin accessing the Gabba via the new Cross River Rail underground station in 2024 which would also facilitate the remake of the whole 6.5-hectare Woolloongabba site. “Cross River Rail isn’t just a rail line, it’s a project that is going to transform our entire region,” she said.
When Cross River Rail is complete, Woolloongabba will be just minutes by train to the new Albert Street station in Brisbane’s CBD and close to the growing health, science and education precinct at Boggo Road, Cross River Rail said in a statement on its official website.
The Gabba has been the scene of many great sporting triumphs and we know, through Cross River Rail, it will continue to be an integral part of Queensland culture for generations to come, the statement said.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said investment in Cross River Rail unlocks a unique opportunity at Woolloongabba.
“Cross River Rail will enable turn-up-and-go frequency public transport across the network, meaning fans from across SEQ will find it even easier to jump on a train and get down to support the mighty Brisbane Lions or the Brisbane Heat,” she said.
The Cross River Rail Delivery Authority will now work with key stakeholders including Brisbane City Council, Stadiums Queensland and the Department of Housing and Public Works to develop a precinct plan for the new Gabba Station.
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