“It will come down to the optimal speed for passenger comfort,” Newton said.
Walking through the huge cavern where Roma Street’s new station is being built, Newton told Brisbane Times lighting and signage was being designed to enhance the commuter experience.
“If you think about Central Station, it has all these columns; we don’t have any of that in the new stations,” he said.
The platforms will run down the middle of what are now little more than concrete caverns at Roma Street, Albert Street, Woolloongabba and Boggo Road stations.
“You will have a whitish terrazzo finish, braille trails with lighting, different-coloured bronze coloured roof,” Newton said of the Roma Street station design.
When Cross River Rail opens in 2025, it will have been 15 years since Brisbane’s first road tunnel, Clem7, opened to traffic.
Every day, the Clem7 carries about 30,000 cars, most with just a single occupant.
By contrast, Cross River Rail will need to carry an extra 52,000 commuters in the morning peak alone to support south-east Queensland’s growing population.
That was the plan in its 2017 business…
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