Commuters in south-east Queensland are being warned about 10 days of mass disruption to the rail network next month.
- More than 100,000 rail passengers are expected to be impacted by a 10-day shutdown over Easter
- Brisbane motorists are also told to expect delays on the roads
- More Cross River Rails works are expected to cause shutdowns over August-September and Christmas
For the four-day Easter long weekend from April 15, all lines into Brisbane City, including the Airtrain service, will be halted.
While most lines will reopen on April 19, the Beenleigh and Gold Coast lines will face heavy disruption for another six days until April 24.
The disruption is necessary to allow for works part of the construction of the 10.2-kilometre underground rail network from Dutton Park to Bowen Hills, known as the Cross River Rail, slated for completion in 2024.
The closures are expected to affect tens of thousands of south-east Queenslanders who will have to rethink their holiday plans or use replacement bus services.
Cross River Rail general manager Matthew Martyn-Jones said there were usually up to 70 per cent less patrons over the Easter break.
More than 100,000 rail passengers were expected to be impacted by the service disruption.
Mr Martyn-Jones said one of the most important pieces of Cross River Rail work will involve lowering more than 250 metres of track south of Dutton Park station in preparation for crossover installations later in the year.
“Cross River Rail will transform how we travel to and from Brisbane, and around south-east Queensland, but to do that work we do need to take the network out of action in particular sections,” he said.
“In most cases, it will result in bus services where trains are terminating, and we would advise people to take a little bit of extra time and to plan their trip in advance to make sure they’re not inconvenienced too much in that period of time,” he said.
More buses to run over Easter
There will be an additional 100 buses in operation at rail sites, with the existing bus network set to continue as normal.
TransLink’s operations and scheduling director Roman Gafa said motorists will also be impacted because there will be some traffic on local roads around Cross River Rail sites.
“We would appreciate if you took your time,” he said.
“Travel early, plan your journey, and you shouldn’t have too many problems.”
Commuters have been advised to visit the Travel Checker and TransLink’s journey planner to find more details about the travel changes and replacement bus services.
Mr Gafa said the impact on commuters should be reduced after the Easter long weekend, with only some disruptions remaining along the Beenleigh and Gold Cost lines during the working week.
More Cross River Rail works are expected to take place in August-September and during the Christmas holidays this year.