Cross River Rail forges forward with twin tunnel drills unveiled

“The primary TBM [tunnel boring machine] has been assembled and goes by way of its closing checks this week, and the identical course of will probably be accomplished with the second machine subsequent month,” Mr Bailey mentioned.


“Crews stay on monitor to launch the TBMs from the Woolloongabba station website early subsequent yr.

“The TBMs will tunnel below the Brisbane River to Albert Avenue station in mid-2021, earlier than persevering with on to the brand new Roma Avenue station and rising on the mission’s northern portal at Normanby.

“Brisbane’s obtained robust rock, it’s exhausting rock, so they are going to be working exhausting. These tunnel boring machines are larger than the machines used on the Sydney Metro mission.

“Concurrently they’re making their manner by way of exhausting rock, the TBMs will set up large four.2-tonne precast concrete segments to line the tunnels.”

Mr Bailey mentioned the machines can be working 58 metres under the floor and 42 metres under Brisbane River.

“Most individuals will do not know what’s occurring below the bottom as a result of it is going to be to this point down it can have very minimal affect,” he mentioned.

Greater than 100 Queensland firms have been concerned within the 12-month refurbishment of the 2 drills at producer Herrenknecht’s northside facility in Pinkenba, at a value of $10 million.

Some specialist components needed to be despatched offshore for upkeep, however in any other case, the vast majority of the refurbishment was carried out by contractors within the Sunshine State.


The Cross River Rail mission features a 10.2-kilometre stretch of railway monitor, 5.9 kilometres of which will probably be underground, together with 4 subterranean stations.

The mission will overhaul public transport within the metropolis and revitalise precincts close to the brand new stations at Boggo Highway, Albert Avenue, Roma Avenue and Woolloongabba.

It guarantees to ship an additional 18,000 prepare seats, take 14,000 drivers off the roads, lower journey occasions on present south-east Queensland prepare traces, and create greater than 7700 jobs.

Mr Bailey mentioned four.2 million working hours had been spent on the Cross River Rail mission to this point, and subsequent yr the workforce would enhance, peaking at 3000 jobs.

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