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Works are expected to double in size this year as construction ramps up on the Cross River Rail project – one of Queensland’s largest infrastructure projects.
11 new worksites are anticipated to open this year in addition to the 7 sites that have already been established. Approximately 500 new workers are expected to be employed to work on the massive project this year as well.
Cross River Rail Minister Kate Jones said there are already 1000 workers on Cross River Rail sites across Brisbane. With the new sites set to open, she said they are looking at employing an extra 500 workers this year.
In total the project is expected to create 7700 construction jobs throughout south east Queensland.
Cross River Rail Delivery Authority CEO Graeme Newton added that 2020 would see the project also pass a number of critical milestones.
“2019 was a big year for the project. We appointed our major contractors, established multiple new worksites, revealed the location of three new Gold Coast stations and launched a Precincts Delivery Strategy that will be the catalyst for up to $20 billion of investment,” he said.
“But 2020 is where things really kick up a gear. We’ll complete demolition at Roma and Albert Streets, start tunnelling from Woolloongabba to Boggo Road, start work on station upgrades and the new Gold Coast stations and we will have workers live on the project at as many as 18 sites across the city.”