Brisbane Metro – Australia’s Biggest Infrastructure Projects


What is Brisbane Metro?

Brisbane Metro will cut travel times, reduce congestion and put more buses in the suburbs.

Delivering the first stage of the new Brisbane Metro will mean a 21-kilometre turn-up-and-go service, with two dedicated lines connecting 18 stations from Eight Mile Plains to Roma Street and Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital to the University of Queensland.

Brisbane City Council announced Brisbane Metro in early 2016 to address inner-city bus network congestion. It will also make better use of the existing busway infrastructure.

In May 2017, Council released the Brisbane Metro Business Case. This followed a 12-month detailed assessment of the benefits, costs and impacts of delivering the project.

In March 2018, the project was confirmed as a high priority project on the Infrastructure Australia Priority List.

The draft Design Report released in April 2018, describes the construction and operation of Brisbane Metro in detail.

In September 2018, Council released the Brisbane Metro draft Design Report Consultation Outcomes document. This document provides a summary of key feedback themes identified through consultation and the Council’s response.

The expected cost to build the Brisbane Metro is $944 million. Council has committed to fund $644 million of the project’s capital cost. The Australian Government has provided a $300 million funding commitment in the 2018-19 Federal Budget.

The project will be delivered via a number of packages including:

  • Metro vehicle fleet
  • Inner city infrastructure works
  • Suburban infrastructure
  • Systems
  • Early works
  • Metro depot.

What will be the key features of Brisbane Metro?

Brisbane Metro will use the existing busway, along with modifications to existing infrastructure and targeted investment in new infrastructure.

New and updated infrastructure will:

  • provide a new underground station at the Cultural Centre precinct
  • convert Victoria Bridge into a ‘green’ bridge
  • provide a new tunnel under Adelaide Street
  • modify and upgrade existing stations
  • provide a new depot facility for Metro vehicle fleet.

A new fleet of 60 Metro vehicles, each able to carry up to 150 passengers, will be delivered.

The Metro vehicle fleet will expand over time to accommodate growth and demand for services.

Network and services features will:

  • provide interchange opportunities at 11 stations
  • improve the bus network with more buses to the suburbs across Brisbane
  • provide a 21-kilometre turn-up-and-go service
  • have two dedicated lines
  • connect 18 stations from Eight Mile Plains to Roma Street and Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital to University of Queensland Lakes
  • complement Cross River Rail with interchanges at Boggo Road station and Roma Street.

Construction Updates

Council has commenced preliminary site investigations, including geotechnical, survey of key work sites, intersection upgrades and early works. Detailed design and construction will commence in 2019.

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