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Roma Street transformation to offer 2032 Olympic venue access and expanded parklands

Roma Street transformation to offer 2032 Olympic venue access and expanded parklands
August 4, 2021

Brisbane’s Roma Street precinct development is preparing to become Queensland’s chief transport hub, offering easy access to a key Olympics venue, new housing, and expanded parklands following the finalisation of the Roma Street Priority Development Area (PDA) by the Queensland Government.

New cycling and pedestrian paths will be built through the precinct, connecting to ASM Global's planned Brisbane Live indoor arena development that will host events for the 2032 Brisbane Olympics and Paralympics.

A new underground train station being built for Cross River Rail will connect to bus services to create the state’s busiest public transport interchange.

Just to the north, more than two hectares of new publicly accessible open space will be added to the Roma Street Parklands, around new residential buildings that will include social and affordable housing.

Speaking today, Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles said the finalised scheme for the PDA presented exciting opportunities for the coming decade noting “Brisbane is now an ‘Olympic City’ along with global destination-giants Paris, Los Angeles and Tokyo.

“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.

“The Roma Street precinct will include a new indoor arena, as well as more publicly accessible open space for people to enjoy.”

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said Roma Street Parklands would be protected and expanded under a finalised development scheme for the area adding “the 11 hectares of publicly accessible open space within the Roma Street Parklands will be protected forever and expanded by more than two hectares.

“The scheme also provides for new residential buildings parallel to the rail corridor, close to existing apartment complexes along Parkland Boulevard.

Minister Bailey said the new Roma Street station and precinct would be an integral part of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, with a proposed arena likely to host swimming and water polo events.

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

To track Cross River Rail’s TBMs, visit the project’s website 

Images: Concepts for how Roma Street (top) and Brsibane Live (below) will look when complete. 

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