Roma Street railway station

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Roma Street
Roma Street Railway Station, Queensland, Dec 2012.JPG
Westbound view in December 2012
Location Roma Street, Brisbane
Coordinates 27°27′55″S 153°01′09″E / 27.4652°S 153.0191°E / -27.4652; 153.0191Coordinates: 27°27′55″S 153°01′09″E / 27.4652°S 153.0191°E / -27.4652; 153.0191
Owned by Queensland Rail
Operated by Queensland Rail
Line(s) North Coast
Main Line
Gold Coast
NSW North Coast
Distance 0.75 kilometres from Central
Platforms 9 (3 side, 3 islands)
Tracks 10
Connections Roma Street busway station
Brisbane Transit Centre
Structure type Ground (Terraced)
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Status Staffed
Station code 600037 (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 zone Go card 1
Website Queensland Rail
Opened 14 June 1875
Electrified Yes
Previous names Brisbane
Preceding station   Queensland Rail   Following station
Terminus Airport Line
toward Bowen Hills
Beenleigh Line
toward Beenleigh
Terminus Caboolture Line
toward Caboolture
toward Bowen Hills
Cleveland Line
toward Cleveland
Terminus Doomben Line
toward Doomben
One-way operation
Exhibition Line
One-way operation
Terminus Ferny Grove Line
toward Ferny Grove
toward Bowen Hills
Gold Coast Line
toward Bowen Hills
Ipswich and Rosewood Line
toward Rosewood
Terminus Redcliffe Peninsula Line
toward Kippa-Ring
Terminus Shorncliffe Line
toward Shorncliffe
toward Bowen Hills
Springfield Line
Terminus Sunshine Coast Line
Long distance services
Preceding station   Queensland Rail   Following station
Terminus Diesel Tilt Train
toward Cairns
Electric Tilt Train
toward Rockhampton
Spirit of the Outback
toward Longreach
The Westlander
toward Charleville
Preceding station   NSW TrainLink   Following station
Terminus NSW TrainLink North Coast
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.

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.[1]


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.[1]

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.[2] 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.[1]

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.[1][3]

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.[1][4] 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.[5] Platforms 7, 8 and 9 opened on 11 June 1996[6] while refurbished Platforms 4, 5 and 6 reopened in January 1997.[7]

Platform 1 became part of the Roma Street busway station on 19 May 2008.[8]


Roma Street station is served by all suburban and interurban City network lines.[9][10][11][12][13][13][14][15][16][17][18]

It is also the terminus station for long-distance Traveltrain services[19][20][21][22] and NSW TrainLink's service to Sydney.[23] A motorail loading dock is located on Platform 10.[24]

Services by platform[edit]

Platform Lines Destinations Notes
2 NSW TrainLink North Coast Sydney 1 daily NSW TrainLink XPT service[23]
Doomben Doomben 1 weekday service[25]
Tilt Train from Rockhampton [26]
3 Doomben Doomben [27]
Gold Coast Brisbane Airport Domestic [27]
4 Beenleigh Beenleigh [28]
Gold Coast Brisbane Airport Domestic [28]
5 Beenleigh Beenleigh [29]
Cleveland Cleveland [29]
6 Beenleigh Beenleigh & Ferny Grove [30]
Doomben Doomben [30]
Gold Coast Brisbane Airport Domestic & Varsity Lakes [30]
Shorncliffe Shorncliffe [30]
7 Beenleigh Ferny Grove [31]
Caboolture Caboolture [31]
Doomben Doomben [31]
Gold Coast Brisbane Airport Domestic [31]
Shorncliffe Shorncliffe [31]
Sunshine Coast Gympie North [31]
8 Ipswich & Rosewood Ipswich & Rosewood [32]
Springfield Springfield Central [32]
9 Caboolture Caboolture [33]
Redcliffe Peninsula Kippa-Ring [33]
Sunshine Coast Nambour [33]
Spirit of Queensland to Cairns [19]
Spirit of the Outback to Longreach [20]
Tilt Train to Bundaberg & Rockhampton [21]
The Westlander to Charleville [22]

Transport links[edit]

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


  1. ^ a b c d e "Roma Street Railway Station (entry 601208)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 13 July 2015. 
  2. ^ Opening of the Sandgate Railway Brisbane Courier 11 May 1882
  3. ^ "Roma Street stn" Railway Gazette 18 July 1941 page 54
  4. ^ "Opening of Brisbane Transit Centre" Railway Digest August 1986 page 240
  5. ^ "New Long-Distance Platform at Roma Street" Railway Digest December 1995 page 21
  6. ^ "Additional City Tunnels & Track Commissioned" Railway Digest July 1996 page 17
  7. ^ "QR Citytrain News" Railway Digest March 1997 page 18
  8. ^ INB Queen St to Upper Roma St Leighton Contractors
  9. ^ Gold Coast-Airport line timetable TransLink 20 January 2014
  10. ^ Beenleigh line timetable TransLink 20 January 2014
  11. ^ Cleveland line timetable TransLink 20 January 2014
  12. ^ Ipswich and Rosewood line timetable TransLink 20 January 2014
  13. ^ a b Springfield line timetable TransLink 20 January 2014
  14. ^ Caboolture line timetable TransLink 20 January 2014
  15. ^ Doomben line timetable TransLink 20 January 2014
  16. ^ Ferny Grove line timetable TransLink 20 January 2014
  17. ^ Shorncliffe line timetable TransLink 20 January 2014
  18. ^ Sunshine Coast line timetable TransLink 20 January 2014
  19. ^ a b Spirit of Queensland timetable Traveltrain 1 January 2015
  20. ^ a b Spirit of the Outback timetable Traveltrain 1 January 2015
  21. ^ a b Tilt Train timetable Traveltrain 1 January 2015
  22. ^ a b The Westlander timetable Traveltrain 1 January 2015
  23. ^ a b "North Coast timetable" (PDF). NSW Trainlink. 20 October 2013 [Updated 6 April 2014]. 
  24. ^ Transporting motor vehicles Traveltrain
  25. ^ Roma Street Platform 2 TransLink
  26. ^ Platform change to daily Rockhampton Tilt Train arrivals in Brisbane Traveltrain 13 October 2014
  27. ^ a b Roma Street Platform 3 TransLink
  28. ^ a b Roma Street Platform 4 TransLink
  29. ^ a b Roma Street Platform 5 TransLink
  30. ^ a b c d Roma Street Platform 6 TransLink
  31. ^ a b c d e f Roma Street Platform 7 TransLink
  32. ^ a b Roma Street Platform 8 TransLink
  33. ^ a b c Roma Street Platform 9 TransLink

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