Roma Street Parkland Free Parking Area to be Sold to Developers

Roma Street Parkland
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Around 150 free parking spaces at Roma Street Parkland could be removed and replaced with a pay parking facility once the section between College Road and Parkland Boulevard is sold to developers as part of the State Government’s Cross River Rail project.

The Cross River Rail Delivery Authority (CRRDA) released plans to build residential and commercial towers around Roma Street Parkland as it anticipates population growth upon the completion of Cross River Rail.

Details of the redevelopment showed the inclusion of the area currently used as the visitors’ free parking space, as well as the maintenance compound for the operators of the parklands.

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Brisbane City Council, the manager of the parklands, has lodged a complaint against this plan to the State Government, which owns the land.

“I don’t know where the State Government thinks all the current lawnmowers, tractors, maintenance equipment and staff facilities will go or where the 149 car parking spaces will be relocated to once 12 story buildings are developed,” Councillor Vicki Howard wrote in her appeal to stop the redevelopment. 

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“If you are concerned, join me by emailing your thoughts today to,” Ms Howard added. “Let’s try and convince the State Government that we need to support and protect our open spaces, not sell them off to developers.”

Meanwhile, work on the Roma Street station construction continues with the excavation of the tunnels. 

Per the CRRDA, the Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) are “scheduled to reach the new Roma Street station cavern mid-year” following work on Albert Street. Expect traffic and pedestrian changes in the surrounding streets.