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Joint Media Release: Memorandum of Understanding for Cross River Rail planning

Media Releases Friday, 02 December 2016

Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher and Queensland Deputy Premier Jackie Trad today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the Australian Government’s $10 million contribution to planning, readiness for market and establishment of the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority.

The MoU is an important milestone in developing a public transport solution that will deliver genuine, city-shaping benefits for the people of Brisbane.

The Australian Government’s contribution will assist the Queensland Government to develop options to strengthen the connection between the Cross River Rail Project and Brisbane’s existing transport network.

It will also assess the integration of Cross River Rail and mass transit systems such as the Brisbane City Council’s proposed Brisbane Metro Subway System, which is currently in the early stages of business case development.

Planning and procurement for the revised Cross River Rail project began in early 2015 and the business case is currently being assessed by Infrastructure Australia.

The Australian Government will partner with Queensland through participation on the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority Board.

The MoU sets out the agreed roles and responsibilities of both governments, as well as the governance arrangements in relation to the $10 million contribution.

The Cross River Rail Delivery Authority was officially established through the Queensland Parliament yesterday as an independent statutory body to lead the development, procurement and delivery of the project and drive urban renewal within the development corridor.

The Cross River Rail Delivery Authority will be fully operational in March 2017.

A work plan and milestones will be developed to guide outcomes for payment of the $10 million.

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