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The Cross River Rail project offers a
predicted 140-plus extra services post-
2016 to cope with the population growth
and demand. 'Based on where we are
today, we will be doubling the capacity
or doubling the number of trains that can
operate on the network.'
Costs and funding are still being
determined by the feasibility studies, which
will be complete by 2011.
Franzmann says that a reference design
will be developed for the project and the
cost estimate will be developed as part
of that process, with an environmental
impact statement also underway. All of this
is expected to be completed by the end
of 2010. Apart from the reference design,
business case and environmental impact
statement, the feasibility study will also
look at station precinct plans, as well as
engineering and transport planning.
Following this analysis, the plans
will be presented to the Department of
Infrastructure and Planning’s coordinator-
general for approval.
A business case will then be presented
to the Commonwealth and Queensland
governments, which will canvass funding
options, from traditional sources of
infrastructure funding through to a full
Franzmann says the plan is to present
the submission to the Commonwealth at
the end of 2010.
'We are aiming to have a lot of the
feasibility phase completed by the end of
the year, and then really allow time for us
to ensure that we have got the right answers
In the lead-up to this, there have already
been preliminary talks and soundings with
fnanciers, construction frms, systems
providers and property developers.
'We really got a picture from that of
how it was seen by the market, and how we
might package up the project and present
it to the marketplace,’ says Franzmann.
In the meantime, the Queensland
Government has already started
geotechnical drilling to examine the
quality and depth of the rock formations
beneath the line. Construction work will
not begin before 2011, and the project is
expected to have a four-year construction
period extending into 2016.
With Brisbane's spectacular growth,
that does not leave much of a window
before the rail system is at full capacity,
but Franzmann is confdent that will not
be a problem. 'It's tight, but achievable,'
Franzmann says Brisbane needs this
project to meet future demands. 'It's vitally
important for the future of south-east
Queensland and to cater for the growth in
south-east Queensland,’ he says. ‘With the
population growth as it stands now, there
will be around 4.4 million people in the
region by 2031. It's currently at 2.9 to three
'And as part of that framework for
growth, a lot is dependent on us having a
viable public transport system. Cross River
Rail is one of the key pieces of infrastructure
to ensure it keeps going forward.'
Gold Coast Rapid Transit
The $949 million Gold Coast Rapid
Transit project is one of Australia's most
important projects -- not because of its
scale or the project's complexity, but
because it’s the frst PPP from Infrastructure
Australia and because it brings all levels of
government to the table.
The project will reduce congestion and
improve public transport services on the
Gold Coast. More importantly, it's about
providing frst class infrastructure to one of
Australia's fastest growing regions.
The system is expected to be
operational in 2014, with heavy
construction work due to begin next year.
The 13km line will link Griffth University
to Broadbeach, passing through the key
centres of Southport and Surfers Paradise,
as well as the new Gold Coast University
Griffth University is already planning
to expand its campus to 20,000 students.
With the Gold Coast bidding to host
the 2018 Commonwealth Games, the
university has been selected as the site
for a proposed eco-village as part of the
games. It is already a high-value hub, and
the Gold Coast Rapid Transit will connect
the site to other activity centres.
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