New Underground Station to Replace Brisbane Transit Centre in Roma Street

Dubbed as one of Brisbane’s ugliest buildings, the Brisbane Transit Centre located on Roma Street is set to be demolished and replaced by Cross River Rail’s new underground Roma Street Station.

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According to Deputy Premier & Treasurer Jackie Trad, the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project would transform the western gateway to the City and facilitate the delivery of the proposed ‘Brisbane Live’ development.

“Roma Street Station is a key link between the city centre, Roma Street Parklands, Spring Hill’s schools, Caxton Street, the Petrie Barracks, Suncorp Stadium, and the cultural precinct at South Bank,” she said.

“When complete the new station is expected to be used by more than 230,000 commuters every week, the equivalent of over four capacity crowds at Suncorp Stadium,” she added.

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Apart from the new underground station, Roma Street precinct will also have a new live entertainment venue. Plans for the Brisbane Live development are already underway following the government’s $5 million commitment to develop a business case for the entertainment precinct.

Ms Trad said, “Planning for Brisbane Live is well underway with representatives from AEG Worldwide visiting Brisbane from their Los Angeles base this week to meet with the local powerbrokers pulling the Brisbane Live business case together.”

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“With an 18,000 seat world-class arena as its centrepiece, the Roma Street precinct, just like the LA Live complex, will become Queensland’s premier entertainment venue hosting major live concerts and world class sporting events right in heart of the city.

The business case, which had kicked off in May 2018, is expected to take approximately six months to complete. It will assist the Queensland Government in determining whether value-for-money can be achieved by developing the Brisbane Live proposal.

The business case will be prepared by Building Queensland and the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority (the Delivery Authority), which is responsible for the master planning work for the Roma St precinct.

Early works for the new Cross River Rail Roma Street Station will start in 2019, with the Brisbane Transit Centre and Hotel Jen to be demolished in late-2020.