Roma Street railway station

Coordinates: 27°27′55″S 153°01′09″E / 27.4652°S 153.0191°E / -27.4652; 153.0191
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Roma Street
Roma Street station as seen from upper Albert Street
General information
LocationRoma Street, Brisbane
Coordinates27°27′55″S 153°01′09″E / 27.4652°S 153.0191°E / -27.4652; 153.0191
Owned byQueensland Rail
Operated byQueensland Rail
Line(s)North Coast
Main Line
Gold Coast
NSW North Coast
Distance0.75 kilometres from Central
Platforms10 (4 side, 3 islands)
ConnectionsRoma Street busway station
Structure typeGround (Terraced)
Other information
Station code600037 (platform 2)
600033 (platform 3)
600036 (platform 4)
600034 (platform 5)
600030 (platform 6)
600028 (platform 7)
600029 (platform 8)
600038 (platform 9)
600035 (platform 10)
Fare zonego card 1
WebsiteQueensland Rail
Opened14 June 1875; 148 years ago (1875-06-14)
Previous namesBrisbane
Preceding station Queensland Rail Queensland Rail Following station
through to Gold Coast Line Airport Line Central
towards Bowen Hills
Beenleigh Line South Brisbane
towards Beenleigh
through to Ipswich & Rosewood Line Caboolture Line Central
towards Caboolture
towards Bowen Hills
Cleveland Line South Brisbane
towards Cleveland
Terminus Doomben Line Central
towards Doomben
Exhibition Line
Bi-directional loop
through to Beenleigh Line Ferny Grove Line Central
towards Ferny Grove
towards Bowen Hills
Gold Coast Line South Brisbane
Ipswich & Rosewood Line Milton
towards Ipswich or Rosewood
through to Springfield Line Redcliffe Peninsula Line Central
towards Kippa-Ring
through to Cleveland Line Shorncliffe Line Central
towards Shorncliffe
towards Bowen Hills
Springfield Line Milton
through to Ipswich & Rosewood Line Sunshine Coast Line Central
Long distance services
Terminus Spirit of Queensland Caboolture
towards Cairns
Electric Tilt Train Caboolture
towards Rockhampton
Spirit of the Outback Caboolture
towards Longreach
The Westlander Corinda
towards Charleville
Sydney XPT
Preceding station NSW TrainLink Following station
Terminus NSW TrainLink North Coast Line
Sydney XPT
towards Sydney

Roma Street railway station is located in the Brisbane central business district, Queensland, Australia. It is the junction station for the North Coast, Main, Gold Coast and NSW North Coast lines. The station is one of four inner city stations that form a core corridor through the centre of Brisbane.[1]

Although not easily visible to the public, the original 1873 Roma Street railway station building still exists within the modern complex and is listed on the Queensland Heritage Register.[2]


1800s to 1940s[edit]

The station in 1883

The construction of a railway station on Roma Street was part of a plan to extend the Main Line to Brisbane. An iron station building designed by Sir Charles Fox & Sons was to be imported from the United Kingdom for this purpose, but economic problems in Queensland led to the order being cancelled. In 1873, the Superintendent of Public Buildings Francis Stanley designed a smaller station for the site, with construction beginning in the same year under John Petrie. The station was officially opened on 14 June 1875 as Brisbane at the same time that the Main Line opened to Indooroopilly.[2]

A goods and carriage shed were added shortly after. In 1882, Roma Street became a junction station with the North Coast line opening to Sandgate.[3] With the opening of Central station as Brisbane's principal station on 18 August 1889, the station was renamed Roma Street. As traffic grew, so did the Roma Street precinct with a locomotive shed added.[2]

In 1911, the precinct was rearranged with the locomotive and carriage sheds relocated to Mayne near Bowen Hills.

On 30 November 1940, Roma Street again became the principal station for long-distance services with new platforms built to the south of the existing platforms.[2][4]

1970s to early 2000s[edit]

Roma Street station in 1983, prior to its expansion

Following the opening of the Merivale Bridge on 18 November 1978, Roma Street was also served by Beenleigh line services. On 21 June 1986, it became a dual gauge station with the extension of the standard gauge NSW North Coast line from South Brisbane.[2][5] In October 1986, the Brisbane Transit Centre opened to the south of the station.

As part of the quadruplication of the North Coast line to Bowen Hills, the station was rebuilt. On 1 November 1995, a new Platform 10 was opened on the station's north side as the platform for long-distance services; these services had previously used Platforms 2 and 3.[6] Platforms 7, 8 and 9 opened on 11 June 1996[7] while refurbished Platforms 4, 5 and 6 reopened in January 1997.[8]

In 2001, Roma Street Parkland opened to the north of the station on the site of the former Roma Street goods yards.[9] Visitors not travelling on Queensland Rail services can obtain a free pass to transit through the station concourse from Roma Street to the parklands.

Platform 1 became part of the Roma Street busway station on 19 May 2008, with the construction of the Inner Northern Busway.[10]

Cross River Rail and Brisbane Metro Projects[edit]

The original station building

Roma Street Station will be affected by both the Cross River Rail and Brisbane Metro projects.

The Brisbane Transit Centre complex was planned to be demolished in 2020.[11] Businesses in the existing buildings were closed down between late 2018 and early 2019, with reports of controversy surrounding claims for compensation by small business tenants.[12]

According to the Cross River Rail Construction plan, new underground platforms will be constructed to service Cross River Rail services.[13] The next stations for the Cross River Rail services will be Albert Street (southbound) and Exhibition (northbound).

The proposed Brisbane Metro Line 1 services will terminate at Roma Street Station, with the previous station being King George Square. Brisbane Metro Line 2 services will continue through Roma Street following the existing Northern Busway route, with the next stations being Normanby (northbound) and King George Square (southbound).[14]

Due to the anticipated demolition of the Brisbane Transit Centre, a temporary long-distance bus terminal was constructed on the opposite side of Roma Street Station (near Platform 10) and opened in September 2019.[15]

The Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) Else broke through into the new Roma Street station cavern on the 6 August 2021.[16] The second one, TBM Merle, arrived on 23 August 2021.[16]


Roma Street station is served by all suburban and interurban City network lines.[17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24][25][26][27]

It is also the terminus station for long-distance Traveltrain services[28][29][30][31] and NSW TrainLink's service to Sydney.[32] A motorail loading dock is located on Platform 10.[33]

Services by platform[edit]

Platform Lines Destinations Notes
1 Roma Street Busway Bus platforms
2 Not used for regularly timetabled services
3 NSW TrainLink North Coast Sydney Central 1 daily NSW TrainLink XPT service[32]
4 Beenleigh Beenleigh, Kuraby & Coopers Plains [34]
Gold Coast Varsity Lakes
5 Beenleigh Beenleigh [35]
Cleveland Cleveland
6 Beenleigh Beenleigh & Ferny Grove [36]
Doomben Doomben
Airport & Gold Coast Brisbane Airport Domestic & Varsity Lakes
Shorncliffe Shorncliffe
7 Ferny Grove Ferny Grove [37]
Caboolture Caboolture
Doomben Doomben
Airport Brisbane Airport Domestic
Shorncliffe Shorncliffe
Sunshine Coast Gympie North
8 Ipswich & Rosewood Ipswich & Rosewood [38]
Springfield Springfield Central
9 Caboolture Caboolture [39]
Redcliffe Peninsula Kippa-Ring
Sunshine Coast Nambour and Gympie North
Spirit of Queensland to and from Cairns [28]
Spirit of the Outback to and from Longreach [29]
Tilt Train to and from Bundaberg & Rockhampton [30]
The Westlander to and from Charleville [31]

Transport links[edit]

Adjacent to the station lies the Roma Street busway station that is served by the buses of Transport for Brisbane, Crisps Coaches, Bus Queensland, Greyhound Australia, Murrays, NSW TrainLink and Premier Motor Service long-distance coach services.


  1. ^ "Cross River Rail Business Case August 2017" (PDF). Government of Queensland. p. 54. Archived (PDF) from the original on 23 October 2021. Retrieved 23 October 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Roma Street Railway Station (entry 601208)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  3. ^ "OPENING OF THE SANDGATE RAILWAY". The Brisbane Courier. Vol. XXXVI, no. 7, 591. Queensland, Australia. 11 May 1882. p. 3. Retrieved 12 December 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ "Roma Street stn" Railway Gazette 18 July 1941 page 54
  5. ^ "Opening of Brisbane Transit Centre" Railway Digest August 1986 page 240
  6. ^ "New Long-Distance Platform at Roma Street" Railway Digest December 1995 page 21
  7. ^ "Additional City Tunnels & Track Commissioned" Railway Digest July 1996 page 17
  8. ^ "QR Citytrain News" Railway Digest March 1997 page 18
  9. ^ About Roma Street Parkland and Spring Hill Archived 25 February 2021 at the Wayback Machine, Visit Brisbane, Retrieved 19 November 2019
  10. ^ "INB Queen St to Upper Roma St". Leighton Contractors. Archived from the original on 18 February 2015. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  11. ^ Brisbane Transit Centre Demolition by 2020 for Brisbane Live Archived 19 March 2019 at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved 19 November 2019
  12. ^ Tony Moore (10 January 2019). "Brisbane Transit Centre businesses seek compo ahead of eviction". Brisbane Times. Archived from the original on 9 November 2019. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  13. ^ Roma Street Station Archived 17 August 2020 at the Wayback Machine Cross River Rail, Retrieved 19 November 2019
  14. ^ Brisbane Metro Archived 3 December 2019 at the Wayback Machine, Brisbane City Council, Retrieved 19 November 2019
  15. ^ Brisbane Coach Terminal Archived 11 April 2020 at the Wayback Machine, Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, Retrieved 19 November 2019
  16. ^ a b 2021 - Cross River Rail's year of tunnelling. Brisbane: Cross River Rail. 26 October 2021. Archived from the original on 5 November 2021. Retrieved 5 November 2021.
  17. ^ "Airport/Gold Coast Line timetable". Translink. 2 March 2020.
  18. ^ "Beenleigh Line timetable". Translink. 2 March 2020.
  19. ^ "Cleveland Line timetable". Translink. 2 March 2020.
  20. ^ "Ipswich Rosewood Line timetable". Translink. 2 March 2020.
  21. ^ "Springfield Line timetable". Translink. 2 March 2020.
  22. ^ "Caboolture Line timetable". Translink. 2 March 2020.
  23. ^ "Doomben Line timetable". TransLink. 2 March 2020.
  24. ^ "Ferny Grove Line timetable". Translink. 2 March 2020.
  25. ^ "Shorncliffe Line timetable". Translink. 2 March 2020.
  26. ^ "Sunshine Coast Line timetable". Translink. 2 March 2020.
  27. ^ "Inner City timetable" (PDF). Translink. 2 March 2020.
  28. ^ a b "Spirit of Queensland timetable" (PDF). Queensland Rail Travel. 13 June 2020.
  29. ^ a b "Spirit of the Outback timetable" (PDF). Queensland Rail Travel. 23 June 2020.
  30. ^ a b "Tilt Train timetable" (PDF). Queensland Rail Travel. 13 June 2020.
  31. ^ a b "Westlander & Inlander timetable" (PDF). Queensland Rail Travel. 19 September 2020.
  32. ^ a b "North Coast timetable". NSW TrainLink. 7 September 2019.
  33. ^ Transporting motor vehicles Archived 21 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine Traveltrain
  34. ^ Roma Street Platform 4 TransLink
  35. ^ Roma Street Platform 5 TransLink
  36. ^ Roma Street Platform 6 TransLink
  37. ^ Roma Street Platform 7 TransLink
  38. ^ Roma Street Platform 8 TransLink
  39. ^ Roma Street Platform 9 TransLink

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