Cross River Rail, Brisbane, Australia

In June 2019, the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority awarded BAM PPP, as part of the Pulse consortium, the Cross River Rail - Tunnel, Stations and Development (TSD) public private partnership (PPP) project.

The Pulse consortium comprises BAM PPP PGGM, Pacific Partnerships, Ghella, DIF, BAM International, CPB Contractors, Ghella Investments and Partnerships, and UGL.

Cross River Rail is a 10.2 kilometre rail line between Dutton Park and Bowen Hills which includes 5.9 kilometres of twin tunnel under the Brisbane River and the Central Business District (CBD). The Pulse consortium will deliver the underground section of the project, including the tunnel from Dutton Park to Normanby and the construction of four new, state-of-the-art underground stations at Boggo Road, Woolloongabba, Albert Street and Roma Street.

By delivering a second river crossing as well as two new CBD stations, the Cross River Rail project will unlock the bottleneck into the CBD, allowing more trains to run more often and enabling a turn-up-and-go public transport system across the entire region. By integrating with roads and bus services, the project enables easily accessible transport system for the whole of South East Queensland.

The project contract was finalised in July 2019 and major construction commenced in late 2019. Construction completion is anticipated in 2024, after which a detailed commissioning and testing program will begin.

Han van Ooste is the Commercial Director for Pulse Partnerships, the SPV, on the CRR project:
“CRR is the largest and most complex project I have ever worked on, it’s ‘the icing on my professional cake’. I relocated from the Netherlands to Australia to be part of an international team on this exciting project and I’m enjoying the challenges it brings, even the unforeseen challenges, such as Covid-19. We have received immense support from the government to keep the construction sites open and we’ve adapted our operational procedures to maintain safety and allow work to continue as planned.”