Olympic city taking shape. Images – Canva
  • Roma Street precinct works are underway in early preparation for the 2032 Olympics
  • Improvements include a new train station
  • The Games are expected to bring a "10-year pipeline of construction jobs"

Roma Street in the heart of Brisbane will become a key transport precinct for the city, especially important come Brisbane Olympics time.

The finalised plan for the Roma Street Priority Development Area (PDA) will see the area transformed over the coming decade.

“The progress underway at Cross River Rail’s Roma Street site is a terrific example of how we’re getting Olympics ready, already.”

Mark Bailey, Transport and Main Roads Minister

The precinct is set to receive various improvements including a new underground train station for the transit line, Cross River Rail. The major station will connect bus services to train services, setting it up to be the state’s busiest public transport interchange.

The existing Roma Street Parklands site has been officially protected, with the addition of two hectares of public open space.

The parkland will surround a new residential building which is promised to include social and affordable housing. A new indoor arena is included in the plans.

An imagined version of Roma Street Priority Development Area. Image- Supplied

“Brisbane is now an ‘Olympic City’ along with global destination-giants Paris, Los Angeles and Tokyo.”

Steven Miles, Queensland Deputy Premier

“Hosting the 2032 Games will mean a 10-year pipeline of construction jobs, trade and investment opportunities, and legacy projects that will benefit Queenslanders for decades to come,” said Deputy Premier Steven Miles.

An underground cavern – that will become the new Roma Street station – is close to being fully excavated.

Two Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) are set to arrive at the cavern. They are currently making their way underneath the CBD, creating what will become train lines.

Example of a TBM. Image – Canva

At the time that this article was published TBM Else had travelled 2,533 metres and TBM Merle had travelled 2,103 metres.

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