Cross River Rail – 2016

Cross River Rail – 2016

Client | Queensland Government
Location | Brisbane, Queensland
Role Business Case Management, Strategic Project Evaluation Advice

Cross River Rail is the Queensland Government’s highest priority infrastructure project and an important part of the State’s vision to cater for future growth, unlock economic opportunities and make Queensland a more internationally competitive state.

The Cross River Rail project is a proposed ten-kilometre link from Dutton Park to Bowen Hills, including six kilometres of tunnel and four new underground stations, regarded as a natural and necessary step for the region and will be a catalyst for urban revitalisation.

Corview was initially engaged to provide strategic and project evaluation advice through the project’s pre-feasibility phase.  Corview’s role was extended to manage the development of the Cross River Rail Options Report (Preliminary Evaluation Phase) under the State’s Project Assessment Framework.  Corview continued this role through the detailed business case phase where it managed the development of the business case for Building Queensland.  Corview’s role on the project has been extended to assist with readiness for market phase activities.

Scope of Work

  • Project initiation tasks – determine requirements, develop business case document structure and lead project planning meetings
  • Project management – develop and manage project schedule and coordinate weekly team meetings
  • Strategic evaluation support – assist with key messaging and themes, and develop and maintain the strategic risk and opportunities register
  • Document development – develop document outlines, document drafting, management of deliverables and quality assurance activities
  • Coordination and management of inputs from a multi-disciplinary project team – including directing and working with financial and commercial advisors, transport planners, environmental analysis, property management teams, tunnelling engineers, precinct planners and train system operations
  • Readiness for market – provide input into tender and procurement planning processes and procurement documentation drafting

Key Achievements

  • Successful completion of a business case for the State’s top priority project that was subsequently approved by the Building Queensland Board and Queensland Government
  • Business case led to ‘in-principle’ funding commitment from the Queensland Government
  • One of the first business cases to be undertaken under Building Queensland’s detailed business case framework
  • Challenging project timeframes – the preliminary evaluation and business case documents were completed in under four months apiece
  • The analysis withstood significant scrutiny, particularly from the newly formed Building Queensland Board which features heavy representation from private sector professionals.