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A rail lobby group fears not enough trains will run through South Bank and South Brisbane stations as many services are sent underground for the Cross River Rail project.
The group, Rail Back on Track, believes up to 10,000 rail passengers a day on the Gold Coast or Beenleigh lines will have to switch trains at Boggo Road Station if they want to get to South Bank or South Brisbane.
Park Road train station next to the under-construction underground Boggo Road train station.CREDIT:TONY MOORE
At present, trains run through South Bank and South Brisbane stations, cross the Merivale Bridge to Roma Street and run north to Central Station or west along the Ipswich line.
Once Cross River Rail is finished, southside train services divide.
Most will go underground at Park Road, to new underground stations at Woolloongabba, Albert Street and Roma Street.
Park Road train station next to the under-construction underground Boggo Road train station.
Queensland Rail statistics show almost one-fifth of total rail passengers from Brisbane’s southside (17.7 per cent) in March 2019 travelled to South Bank or South Brisbane.
They also show almost as many southside rail commuters on the Gold Coast line (241,647 individuals) get off the train at South Brisbane and South Bank (38,355) as those alight at Central Station (38,780).
Rail Back on Track spokesman Robert Dow believes only Cleveland line trains will run through South Bank and South Brisbane after Cross River Rail is finished in 2024.
“It might be eight or 10 trains an hour (peak), which seems to me to be a bit light,” Mr Dow said.
“Beenleigh and Gold Coast line trains will presumably be going through the tunnel, which will leave only the Cleveland line trains.”
Queensland Rail statistics show 89,741 unique passengers get off at South Bank and South Brisbane in March 2019.
The Cross River Rail Delivery Authority would not say how many trains it planned to run through South Bank and South Brisbane, only that it would "work with the Department of Transport and Main Roads."
It said many rail passengers got off at South Brisbane and walked over the bridge because it was more convenient.
“The Gold Coast and Beenleigh line is one of SEQ’s fastest-growing rail corridors and it is expected that the vast majority of patronage on this line will make good use of direct access to a new Albert Street station, located in the very heart of Brisbane’s CBD,” a spokeswoman said.
“Currently, these passengers get off at South Bank or South Brisbane then walk for 15 minutes or more, simply because there is no station in the CBD centre.”
The spokeswoman agreed passengers on the Gold Coast and Beenleigh lines wanting to go to South Bank or South Brisbane would have “options” to transfer at Boggo Road (travelling north) and from Roma Street (travelling south).
This article first appeared on www.brisbanetimes.com.au
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