Brisbane’s centerpiece for the 2032 Olympics is starting to take shape as a network of tunnels meets beneath the city’s surface.
Brisbane’s flagship rail project draws inspiration from iconic train stations around the world, as the linchpin for the 2032 Games takes shape.
The Cross River Rail Tunnel network nears completion, as thousands of workers begin to convert large caves in the ground into future station platforms beneath the city’s surface.
Woolungbba Station will be the centerpiece of the Olympic Games’ transportation network, feeding millions of fans to the event’s focal stadium over 11 years’ time.
According to Graeme Newton, chief executive of the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority, its concrete walls are reinforced for the installation of the rail as well as electrical and communications wiring, but the bold sight extends above the earth’s surface. .
They have grand plans for Brisbane to be the focal point for the inner-south suburb, similar in grandeur to iconic stations such as London’s King’s Cross.
Both sides of the redeveloped GABA Stadium will be re-imagined to be a unified space for the community, incorporating residential, entertainment areas and open space.
The Cross River Rail was already closed as critical infrastructure, but Mr Newton said its connectivity would set the Brisbane Games apart.
“The notion of being able to catch the train to the primary Olympic venue is just awesome,” he said on Monday.
“It’s a normal station out of Olympic times — it’s not like Homebush, where you leave and then the train comes back.”
Mr Newton said the rail network connects fans to sporting venues across the city, including exhibition grounds and Roma Street, where organizers have flagged the possibility of hosting swimming and other indoor events.
The chief executive said the rail project was on target for its 2025 completion and had recently addressed safety concerns. Allegations of CFMEU,
He said the injury rate at the site was well below the industry average and stressed that testing of workers affected by dust had recently been approved by the sector watchdog.
“This does not mean that we take it lightly, and new processes were carried out between two different sites, so that there is a good connection between tunnel boring machines and construction on site,” said Mr. Newton.
“There is always an opportunity for improvement and we welcome it, but as far as dust and risk, it was always below any risk level.”