Three consortia have been shortlisted for tunnel, stations and development public-private partnership:
• Pulse, a Cimic Group-led consortium, including Pacific Partnerships, CPB Contractors, UGL, BAM, Ghella and DIF
• Qonnect, comprising QIC, Capella Capital, Lendlease, John Holland and Bouygues, and
• CentriQ, consisting of the Plenary Group, Acciona, GS Engineering & Construction, Salini Impregilo and Spotless Group.


Two consortia have been shortlisted for the rail, integration and systems alliance:
• River City comprising Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction, GHD, Aurecon Australasia and Systra Scott Lister Australia, and
• Unity which comprises CPB Contractors, UGL Engineering, Jacobs Group Australia, and Aecom Australia.

Queensland's acting premier Ms Jackie Trad said the announcement followed a comprehensive evaluation by the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority of the expressions of interest received for the project’s two major works packages. “Shortlisted companies will now be required to prepare detailed bids that demonstrate innovation and offer Queenslanders the highest possible value for money,” she said.

“Cross River Rail will unlock the bottleneck at the core of our transport network and increase its capacity to deliver turn-up-and-go public transport,” Trad continued.

Five new stations will be built as part of the 10.2km rail project which includes twin-bore tunnels running under the centre of Brisbane. The link will be integrated with Brisbane’s existing 1067mm-gauge commuter network.

Brisbane Cross River Rail mapwide

The state government has said it will fully-fund the project and has already committed $A 2.8bn with the remainder to be budgeted for between now and estimated completion in 2024. Early works started on the project in August 2017.

For more insight into rail projects around the world, subscribe to IRJ Pro.