Exhibition Station: No longer just for the Ekka

Transformation of Exhibition Station to take its place as a key link in Fortitude Valley’s high frequency public transport network is a step closer, with the demolition of the western platform now complete.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey has confirmed this key progression as part of the Cross River Rail network, saying “This is a really significant milestone for the much-needed upgrade of this station to ensure train services operate here every day of the year, not just for special events like the Ekka”.

Exhibition Station will gradually take shape between now and the broader Cross River Rail opening. The demolition of the western platform will provide the space needed to construct the first tracks of the new station, which will sit up to four meters above the RNA Showgrounds. These new Cross River Rail tracks are expected be in use late next year; at which point the remaining platforms will be demolished.

Upon completion, Exhibition Station will extend Jubilee Place’s enviable position of being within a few minutes’ walk to all lines on the current Translink network, to also include direct access the extended Cross River Rail network.

High frequency transport directly to the new Roma Street, Albert Street, Woolloongabba and Boggo Road underground stations will soon be available to our occupants, without need to change trains mid journey.

Supporting the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority’s commitment to station works, Brisbane City Council has also released their Exhibition precinct renewal strategy. This strategy considers the surrounding area, outlining opportunities to enhance the public realm. Its implementation will optimise accessibility between Jubilee Place and Exhibition Station and beyond to Council’s nearby planned Brisbane Metro station.

By 2036, the Queensland Government expects Exhibition Station to be used by more than 9,000 people each week day. Clearly precincts with vibrancy and accessibility are a drawcard!

Video credit: Cross River Rail; crossriverrail.qld.gov.au