“This is an important milestone as it marks the start of official works for this historic infrastructure project for Queensland.
“Over the next few months, Queenslanders will see activity ramp up with bore drilling, the demolition of the GoPrint site and the relocation of electrical substations,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
The Premier added that through the Buy Queensland procurement policy, a significant amount of work will be given to local construction companies and workers.
According to Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Jackie Trad, local construction companies have secured early works contracts for this project.
“I’m delighted that we’ve engaged local companies to undertake the early works at the GoPrint site – this includes Advanced Temporary Fencing in Yatala and SEQ Arbor Operations.
“Cross River Rail creates 1500 jobs every year during construction and 3000 in the peak and we’re already seeing this project benefit local companies.
“This project will ensure high frequency, turn up and go services for commuters with the major beneficiaries the outer regions like the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Redlands and Ipswich,” Ms Trad said.
Ms Trad added that geotechnical investigations along the rail corridor are also set to begin.
Source: Queensland Government