Roma Street railway station

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.

Roma Street
Westbound view in December 2012
LocationRoma Street, Brisbane
Coordinates27.4652°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
Platforms9 (3 side, 3 islands)
ConnectionsRoma Street busway station
Brisbane Transit Centre
Structure typeGround (Terraced)
Disabled accessYes
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
Previous namesBrisbane
Preceding station   Queensland Rail   Following station
toward Roma Street
Airport Line
toward Bowen Hills
Beenleigh Line
toward Beenleigh
toward Roma Street
Caboolture Line
toward Caboolture
toward Bowen Hills
Cleveland Line
toward Cleveland
TerminusDoomben Line
toward Doomben
One-way operation
Exhibition Line
One-way operation
toward Roma Street
Ferny Grove Line
toward Ferny Grove
toward Bowen Hills
Gold Coast Line
toward Bowen Hills
Ipswich & Rosewood Line
toward Rosewood
toward Roma Street
Redcliffe Peninsula Line
toward Kippa-Ring
toward Roma Street
Shorncliffe Line
toward Shorncliffe
toward Bowen Hills
Springfield Line
toward Roma Street
Sunshine Coast Line
  Future services  
toward Bowen Hills
Gold Coast Line
Long distance services
Preceding station   Queensland Rail   Following station
TerminusSpirit of Queensland
toward Cairns
Electric Tilt Train
toward Rockhampton
Spirit of the Outback
toward Longreach
The Westlander
toward Charleville
Preceding station   NSW TrainLink   Following station
TerminusNSW TrainLink North Coast
towards Sydney

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]


1800s to 1940s

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]

1970s to Early 2000s

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]

In 2001, Roma Street Parkland opened to the north of the station on the site of the former Roma Street goods yards.[8] 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.[9]

Cross River Rail and Brisbane Metro Projects

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

The current Brisbane Transit Centre complex is planned to be demolished in 2020.[10] 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.[11]

According to the Cross River Rail Construction plan, new underground platforms will be constructed to service Cross River Rail services.[12] 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).[13]

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.[14]


Roma Street station is served by all suburban and interurban City network lines.[15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24] Also see Inner City timetable[25]

It is also the terminus station for long-distance Traveltrain services[26][27][28][29] and NSW TrainLink's service to Sydney.[30] A motorail loading dock is located on Platform 10.[31]

Services by platform

Platform Lines Destinations Notes
2 NSW TrainLink North Coast Sydney 1 daily NSW TrainLink XPT service[30]
Doomben Doomben 1 weekday service[32]
3 Doomben Doomben [33]
Airport & Gold Coast Brisbane Airport Domestic & Varsity Lakes (on occasion)
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
10 Traveltrain Spirit of Queensland to and from Cairns [26]
Spirit of the Outback to and from Longreach [27]
Tilt Train to and from Bundaberg & Rockhampton [28]
The Westlander to and from Charleville [29]

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. "Roma Street Railway Station (entry 601208)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  2. "OPENING OF THE SANDGATE RAILWAY". The Brisbane Courier. XXXVI (7, 591). Queensland, Australia. 11 May 1882. p. 3. Retrieved 12 December 2018 via National Library of Australia.
  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. About Roma Street Parkland and Spring Hill, Visit Brisbane, Retrieved 19 November 2019
  9. "INB Queen St to Upper Roma St". Leighton Contractors. Archived from the original on 18 February 2015. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  10. Brisbane Transit Centre Demolition by 2020 for Brisbane Live, Retrieved 19 November 2019
  11. Tony Moore (10 January 2019). "Brisbane Transit Centre businesses seek compo ahead of eviction". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  12. Roma Street Station Cross River Rail, Retrieved 19 November 2019
  13. Brisbane Metro, Brisbane City Council, Retrieved 19 November 2019
  14. Brisbane Coach Terminal, Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, Retrieved 19 November 2019
  15. "Airport/Gold Coast Line timetable". TransLink. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  16. "Beenleigh Line timetable". TransLink. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  17. "Cleveland Line timetable". TransLink. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  18. "Ipswich Rosewood Line timetable". TransLink. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  19. "Springfield Line timetable". TransLink. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  20. "Caboolture Line timetable". TransLink. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  21. "Doomben Line timetable". TransLink. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  22. "Ferny Grove Line timetable". TransLink. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  23. "Shorncliffe Line timetable". TransLink. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  24. "Sunshine Coast Line timetable". TransLink. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  25. "Inner City timetable" (PDF). TransLink. 24 July 2017. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  26. "Spirit of Queensland timetable" (PDF). Queensland Rail Travel. 14 December 2018.
  27. "Spirit of the Outback timetable" (PDF). Queensland Rail Travel. 14 December 2018.
  28. "Tilt Train timetable" (PDF). Queensland Rail Travel. 14 December 2018.
  29. "Westlander & Inlander timetable" (PDF). Queensland Rail Travel. 14 December 2018.
  30. "North Coast timetable". NSW Trainlink. 7 September 2019.
  31. Transporting motor vehicles Archived 21 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine Traveltrain
  32. Roma Street Platform 2 TransLink
  33. Roma Street Platform 3 TransLink
  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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