Residents need more information about Brisbane Metro: Lord mayor

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By Ruth McCosker

Talking points

The Brisbane Metro is a 21-kilometre dedicated route servicing 18 stations

The Brisbane Metro project would involve upgrades to 17 existing stations

There would be interchange opportunities at 11 locations

Brisbane Metro should be operating by 2023

Brisbane lord mayor Graham Quirk has admitted residents still needed to be informed about what the $944 million largely ratepayer-funded Brisbane Metro was.

On the back of Tuesday’s announcement that the metro had been listed as one of the six “high-priority” projects by Infrastructure Australia, Cr Quirk said the project was well placed and would hopefully receive an additional $300 million in the federal budget.

The Brisbane Metro has been listed as a high priority project in Infrastructure Australia's latest report.

The Brisbane Metro has been listed as a high priority project in Infrastructure Australia’s latest report.

Photo: Brisbane City Council

The almost $1 billion Brisbane Metro project is a high-frequency public transport system that would link Eight Mile Plains to Roma Street and Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital to the University of Queensland.

The 60 metro vehicles, each with a capacity of 150 people, would run across 21 kilometres of existing busway infrastructure at a frequency of every three minutes in peak periods.

Brisbane Times reader poll from February revealed 51 per cent of residents supported the Brisbane Metro project, while a further 30 per cent didn’t know if they supported it and 19 per cent said they did not support the project.

When Cr Quirk was asked on Tuesday if he believed residents truly understood what the project was he said an education process was still required for residents.

“But, the important thing is that they do understand it will mean a significant improvement in travel time on public transport along those corridors,” he said.

“All cities start with a position around a single metro from there they can develop and that’s what I’m saying about Brisbane, this is the start of a significant public transport journey.”

It has been more than two years since Cr Quirk first announced the council’s Brisbane Metro plan.

In that time the project has evolved from a $1.54 billion single route subway system to a $944,000 bi-articulated bus fleet that would service two-routes by way of existing infrastructure.

The ever-changing project was the only Queensland project on the top-tier Infrastructure Australia list.

Infrastructure Australia chief executive Philip Davies said the Brisbane Metro was a “transformative project”.

Brisbane Metro timeline:

Original design plan for Brisbane Metro as released by Brisbane City Council.
Original design plan for Brisbane Metro as released by Brisbane City Council.

Photo: Supplied

January 2016 – Graham Quirk announced $1.54 billion high-frequency subway system which would be rubber-tyred and run on tracks and link Woolloongabba to Herston

November 2016 – The council considered a driverless Brisbane Metro

February 2017 – Council’s public transport chairman Adrian Schrinner admitted in a committee meeting the council was looking at a high-capacity bus system instead

March 2017 – The metro system was now two routes and the overall cost has reduced from $1.54 billion to less than $1 billion. Metro 1 is between Eight Mile Plains and Roma Street and Metro 2 is between the University of Queensland and Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. It was revealed the vehicles were not limited to tracks and would run across 21 kilometres of existing busway.

March 2017 – Graham Quirk described the vehicles as not being limited to set tracks but refused to call them buses.

An early artistt's impression of the Brisbane Metro crossing the Victoria Bridge.

An early artistt’s impression of the Brisbane Metro crossing the Victoria Bridge.

Photo: Brisbane City Council

March 2017 – Council looked at two concepts as it finalised its business case – the “metro” seems more likely to be a 30-metre electric powered bus

April 2017 – Council’s public transport chairman Adrian Schrinner said metro could eventually extend to Chermside, Carindale and Springwood

May 2017 – Metro business case revealed the services would be non-stop on weekends and at least 20 hours on weekdays.

October 2017 – Council announced they would buy land in South Brisbane and Rochedale to move the Brisbane Metro project to the next step

March 2018 – Land purchases at South Brisbane and Rochedale delayed

March 2018 – The Brisbane Metro was listed as one of six “high priority” projects by Infrastructure Australia

 

Source :  The Brisbane Times

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