5 Sep 2011
Changes have just been made to Brisbane’s Cross River Rail project that will help make it flood-proof once it is built.
The underground rail project, which hopes to create a new rail corridor in the inner-Brisbane area, came under scrutiny after the January floods because the original plans for the project showed that parts of the development would have been submerged underwater.
In the draft environmental impact statement of the project, sections of the rail corridor in Fairfield and Tennyson would have been submerged by up to 10 metres of water!
However the January floods have shown all of Brisbane how important it is to consider possible flood-levels when designing buildings and infrastructure, and so a number of changes have been made to the Cross River Rail project to help protect it against floods.
The proposed changes for the project include:
Moving the southern tunnel portal about 110 metres further south in Yeerongpilly
Moving the new Yeerongpilly Station about 250 metres further south to industrial land near Station Road, Yeerongpilly
Moving the ventilation and emergency access building 500 metres further south to higher land in Fairfield
Incorporating tunnel floodgates into the southern tunnel portal to negate the need for a separate floodgate building at Yeronga.
Now that the plans for the Cross River Rail have been amended, the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is available for the public to view and provide feedback.
You can view the EIS and all of current details about the Cross River Rail project by visiting www.crossriverrail.qld.gov.au
. There will also be consultation events held throughout Brisbane for those wishing to learn more about Cross River Rail and the impact it will have on their local community. You can view the location and times of the consultations by clicking here