Brisbane City Council defers plan for South Bank underground station

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Artist's impression of Brisbane Metro Bi-Articulated Bus at Cultural Centre
Artist's impression of Brisbane Metro Bi-Articulated Bus at Cultural Centre

The Brisbane City Council has announced that it will effectively “defer” plans for the South Bank underground station as part of the Brisbane Metro project.

According to Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner, the deferral of the underground station until a later date would mean priority works can accelerate.

“We’ve been working with the State Government for almost a year, trying to finalise the design for the Cultural Precinct underground station and on Wednesday we agreed the deferral to a later stage was the correct decision so we can get on with the job,” Cr Schrinner said.

“It is a very complex project, with many stakeholders and it’s going to take time to finesse the Cultural Centre design, so we will not let this one site delay Brisbane Metro and its 2600 jobs any further.

The daily bus grind – Victoria Bridge bus gridlock into the CBD

Cr Schrinner said deferring the Cultural Centre Station to a later stage of the project was the most cost-effective and practical option for now and this is the best value plan for residents.

“Brisbane Metro is about getting people home quicker and safer, and spending more time arguing about the design of the Cultural Centre Station won’t get residents home quicker.

“We will continue early works around the Cultural Precinct so that the underground station can be delivered as part of a later stage; future-proofing the project.

“Importantly, our modeling also shows that retaining and upgrading the existing street-level station at the Cultural Precinct will have no impact on Brisbane Metro travel times,” Cr Schrinner said.

Artist's impression of Grey Street intersection
Artist’s impression of Grey Street intersection
Artist's impression of Brisbane Metro alignment over the Victoria Bridge and into a new Adelaide Street bus tunnel
Artist’s impression of Brisbane Metro alignment over the Victoria Bridge and into a new Adelaide Street bus tunnel

“This is the best outcome for ratepayers as well as the workers and suppliers waiting for jobs and opportunities flow from the Brisbane Metro project,” Cr Schrinner said.

While the Victoria bridge will now be converted into a green bridge, allowing only buses, cycling and pedestrians, the current Grey Street intersection will still exist for the time being.

Artist's impression of Brisbane Metro alignment over the Victoria Bridge
Artist’s impression of Brisbane Metro alignment over the Victoria Bridge
Artist's impression of new Adelaide street bus tunnel
Artist’s impression of new Adelaide street bus tunnel

Cr Schrinner also confirmed the construction methodology of the Adelaide Street tunnel will also change.

“Instead of the original cut-and-cover design, this section will be bored. This will minimise traffic disruption and allow us to deliver elements of the Adelaide Street vision,” Cr Schrinner said.

“By tunneling under Adelaide Street, we can maintain connection along one of Brisbane’s busiest streets, as well as minimise disruption to business,” Cr Schrinner said.

Artist's impression of Adelaide Street street level
Artist’s impression of Adelaide Street street level

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said design work for a new Metro station at Southbank’s Cultural Centre precinct was continuing.

“Building the Cultural Centre Station is a fantastic opportunity to improve Brisbane’s cultural heart and our public transport network,” Mr Bailey said.

“We’ll continue to work with Brisbane City Council through that process while it gets started on other parts of the Metro project.”

Brisbane Move has been selected as the preferred tenderer for the major infrastructure works for the bi-articulated metro bus project.

The consortium for Brisbane Move comprises Acciona Construction Australia Pty Ltd and Arup Australia Projects Pty Ltd.

ACCIONA and ARUP will partner with Council to form the Collaborative Partnership to design and deliver the major infrastructure works for the project.

The Brisbane Metro project has evolved considerably since its inception, below is a brief timeline of the project’s evolution.

Brisbane Metro – Project Evolution Timeline

Brisbane Metro Evolution

2016
January 31, 2016

Brisbane City Council Propose $1.54 Billion Brisbane Metro

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has announced his first major city council election commitment, a plan for a $1.54 billion “Brisbane Metro” system which is proposed to be a mixture of new underground tunnels as well as transforming the existing South East and Inner Northern Busways from Woolloongabba to Herston and into the CBD.

September 28, 2016

Council Asking for Brisbane Metro Plan Feedback

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is seeking the views of public transport commuters and residents as part of a city-wide community engagement program to help develop the business case for the Brisbane Metro Subway System.

2017
March 4, 2017

Brisbane City Council Completely Reshapes Brisbane Metro Plan

bi-articulated glider style bus vehicle

The Brisbane City Council has fine-tuned its plans for the Brisbane Metro Subway System in order to overcome some critical operational issues that it had experienced with the previous design. The newly unveiled system is a complete departure from a metro style track-based rubber tyre system.

May 30, 2017

24 Hour Services Unveiled in Brisbane Metro Business Case

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has released the business case into the Brisbane Metro that confirms the viability of the project at a cost of $944 million. The business case also reveals the metro service will provide 24-hour public transport on weekends and 20-hour services on weekdays.

October 4, 2017

Brisbane Metro a Step Closer with Rochedale Depot Site Selected

The Brisbane Metro is a step closer with Council selecting a preferred site to construct a depot for the new metro vehicles at Rochedale.

2018
April 29, 2018

Brisbane Metro Deconstructed: A Summary of the Draft Design Report

The Brisbane City Council has just released the Draft Design Report for the long-awaited Brisbane Metro project, a high-frequency public transport upgrade to 21 kilometres of existing busway.

May 16, 2018

New Fly-through Released of South Bank Brisbane Metro Station

The Federal Government will invest $300 million in the Brisbane Metro following an announcement by the Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher.

June 12, 2018

4000 Ideas Competition to Launch with Massive Metro Portal Idea

Artist's impression of Brisbane Metro corner portal location

This year the Brisbane Architecture and Design Ideas Competition, an industry-led initiative has been rebranded to ‘4000 Ideas’ and will be supercharged with the support and sponsorship of the Brisbane City Council.

September 26, 2018

Victoria Bridge Gets Redesign After Brisbane Metro Consultation

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has unveiled a new design for the ‘green’ Victoria Bridge, converting it to three lanes on-road for Brisbane Metro vehicles and buses with a dedicated off-road cyclist and pedestrian path, following public consultation.

Artist's impression of newly reconfigured Victoria Bridge design
Artist’s impression of the newly reconfigured Victoria Bridge design
2019
May 28, 2019

Council Plans Transit Boulevard For Adelaide Street

Artist's impression of Adelaide Street Brisbane Metro tunnel portal

Brisbane City Council has released its plan to transform Adelaide Street in Brisbane’s CBD into a new transit boulevard, including an underground tunnel entry for Brisbane Metro.

June 27, 2019
Artist's impression of the Queensland Government's plan the Cultural Centre Precinct

Queensland Government wants Cultural Centre Metro Station Redesign

The Queensland Government has unveiled its vision of the Cultural Centre precinct following notification to the Brisbane City Council that the planned underground Cultural Centre Metro Station needs to be redesigned.

September 15, 2019

Lord Mayor Proposes Brisbane Metro Airport Connection

Proposal for future extensions of the Brisbane Metro

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner has proposed expanding the Brisbane Metro to the Brisbane Airport as part of future planning for the precinct to make it easier and more affordable for airport workers to get home quicker.

November 17, 2019

Brisbane Metro commencing January following State approval

Artist's impression of the proposed Cultural Centre Station

Preliminary works will commence around the Cultural Centre in January 2020 following a united Council and State Government announcement that the project will proceed.

November 23, 2019

Council announces fully-electric Brisbane Metro vehicle fleet

Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner has announced that Brisbane’s new turn-up-and-go Metro project will be powered by a fleet of fully electric vehicles by Volgren and electric-vehicle producer HESS which will deliver 60 vehicles for the Brisbane Metro.

2020
June 14, 2020

Brisbane City Council defers plan for South Bank underground station

Artist's impression of Brisbane Metro Bi-Articulated Bus at Cultural Centre

The Brisbane City Council has announced that it will effectively “defer” plans for the South Bank underground station as part of the Brisbane Metro project.

1 COMMENT

  1. There seriously needs to be a fence put up as a divide on the bike path across the bridge to stop people walking and spreading out across into the green lanes.

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