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Cross River Rail Link

Postby 1of55 » Tue Feb 28, 2017 3:45 pm

The Cross River Rail Tunnel ,which started out as a proposed rail only tunnel but morphed into a larger diameter tunnel with a rail tunnel and a bus tunnel of limited head room over the top, under the previous Queensland government, is now to be a rail only tunnel again. The planned bus tunnel clearance was to be not much above 3.3 metres in height, much like the ‘snake’ in the Queen Street bus station and the buses would have traveled in groups to enable orderly passenger loading at the underground stations. All is now in the past. But the bottle neck at the Cultural Centre interchange and Melbourne Street portal Bus way tunnel remains.
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Re: Cross River Rail Link

Postby simonl » Tue Feb 28, 2017 5:17 pm

It is within the BCC's power to fix the bottleneck. Just put the West End bound buses in the general traffic lane then you don't need the combined West End and South Bank bound phase in the traffic light cycle.

They just choose not to.

Good thing that the BaT is dead. It was pretty rabid.
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Re: Cross River Rail Link

Postby Roderick Smith » Fri Aug 25, 2017 1:37 pm

August 24 2017 Cross River Rail business case released for scrutiny.
The business case for Brisbane's Cross River Rail has finally been released for public scrutiny.
Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said the document presented a "compelling case for action".
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The new Cross River Rail proposal features a 10 kilometre rail link including almost six kilometres under the Brisbane river and CBD.
"It says population and employment growth in the south-east will be very strong over the next 20 years," she said.
Ms Trad said the business case included the latest information on the impact of policy and demographic changes over the past 12 months.
The Cross River Rail business case has been released. Photo: Supplied
The cost-benefit ratio for the project is now 1.41, up from 1.21 in the 2016 business case.
"This means that for every $1 invested in the Cross River Rail project, $1.41 is returned to the people of Queensland," Ms Trad said.
The increase was due to the inclusion of the European Train Control System, the introduction of "fairer fares" and updated demographics, Ms Trad said.
Total daily bus and rail trips are predicted to climb from 510,000 to more than 880,000 in 2026 and to more than 1.1 million by 2036, according to the document.
Deputy Premier and Transport Minister Jackie Trad said the business case demonstrated the need for another rail crossing. Photo: Dan Peled/AAP
Ms Trad said the south-east Queensland rail network had a choke point preventing extra train services being brought into regions like the Gold Coast, Logan, Caboolture and the Redlands.
"Nearly 2 million people will move into south-east Queensland over the next two decades and with some lines, like the Gold Coast, already operating at 100 per cent capacity during peak periods, we need to build Cross River Rail before we reach a crisis point," she said.
Ms Trad said the majority of employment opportunities would still be in the Brisbane local government area, which would put increasing pressure on transport.
"Bus passenger numbers will almost double from 77,800 to 149,700," she said.
"Train passenger numbers will more than triple from 51,700 to 160,300.
"So we must act now before we reach a crisis."
The business case release came after Infrastructure Australia claimed the benefits of the $5.4 billion, 10.2-kilometre link were "significantly overstated".
That assessment prompted Ms Trad to slam IA's analysis as based on mistakes and assumptions.
The LNP has repeatedly criticised the government for not releasing the business case, with Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls stating previously: "If the project stacks up they should release the business case".
In the 2017-18 Queensland budget, Labor committed to fund the $5.4 billion project alone, after the federal government failed to allocate any money in its budget.
The document, prepared by Building Queensland, is more than 240 pages long, with commercially-sensitive information removed.
Property Council of Australia Queensland executive director Chris Mountford said the release of the business case provided transparency around the state's justification for the project.
"A publicly available business case will enable industry, and the wider community, to have the opportunity to fully engage in a discussion about the merits of the project," Mr Mountford said.
Mr Mountford also welcomed the government's decision to fully fund the project rather than resorting to "value capture" models he said would ensure the full uplift potential of the project was not compromised.
"It is important to remember that property owners already directly pay infrastructure charges, GST, stamp duty, land tax, local government rates, capital gains tax and a raft of state and local government fees when developing and owning property. Most of these taxes already increase when the value of a property increases," he said.
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Re: Cross River Rail Link

Postby jonwil » Sat Aug 26, 2017 7:22 pm

Now that BCC have decided to sink Cultural Centre Station there is no need for any kind of road/bus component to Cross River Rail.
I just wish all the politicians (federal LNP, state LNP, One Nation etc) would stop using this project for political gain and just get behind it so this vital project can finally be built.
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Re: Cross River Rail Link

Postby simonl » Sun Aug 27, 2017 2:04 pm

When did BCC decide to sink Cultural Centre?
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Re: Cross River Rail Link

Postby jonwil » Sun Aug 27, 2017 7:05 pm

simonl wrote:When did BCC decide to sink Cultural Centre?

As part of the Brisbane Metro project a new underground bus station will be built that connects to the busway at one end and the Victoria Bridge at the other end, taking all the services using the Busway/Metro away from the surface of Melbourne Street and the Melbourne Street/Grey Street Interchange. The Victoria Bridge will also become a bus only bridge and have cars removed from it.
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