Commonwealth Government Commits $300 Million in Brisbane Metro
The Commonwealth Government has committed $300 million to the Brisbane City Council’s Brisbane Metro project as part of the 2018-19 Budget. The commitment is part of the Commonwealth Government’s ten year $75 billion investment in key infrastructure, including more than $20 billion for Queensland.
The Brisbane Metro project was assessed as a High Priority project of national significance by the federal government’s independent advisor, Infrastructure Australia in the 2018 Infrastructure Priority List. This major infrastructure project aims to improve travel times, reduce bus congestion and improve access to the suburban areas in Queensland’s capital.
The Commonwealth Government has committed $5.2 billion to new major infrastructure projects throughout Queensland in last week’s budget. Additional infrastructure investment includes $1 billion to reduce congestion on the M1, $390 million to duplicate the North Coast Line between Beerburrum and Landsborough and $3.3 billion for additional upgrades along the Bruce Highway.
The Brisbane Metro would deliver a high frequency metro network across twenty-one kilometres of existing busway linking the Eight Mile Plains, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and University of Queensland Lakes busway stations and all stations in between. In addition, the project will develop two metro lines operating every three minutes in peak periods. Furthermore, the Brisbane City Council maintains the Brisbane Metro will deliver a network of turn-up-and-go services which links Brisbane’s suburbs with the inner city and will address major bottlenecks in the inner city.
The project will provide a dedicated connection for metro and bus services up to 50 percent quicker and will provide an average of a one hour weekly travel time saving. In addition, the Metro will help transform the Melbourne and Grey Street intersection to provide safer, people-friendly place which prioritises public and active travel. This infrastructure development will lead to 340 fewer buses per hour at surface level through the intersection of Melbourne and Grey streets, significantly improving safety and amenity for pedestrians.
Brisbane Metro is expected to cost around $944 million and Council expects procurement activities to commence mid-year and Metro services operating in 2023, subject to State Government approvals.