Brisbane City Council has revealed that the first stage of its flagship $1.2 billion public transport project is only expected to be fully operational in late 2024, with major construction work set to alter traffic flow in the CBD from later this month.
Early construction at the site of the Brisbane Metro tunnel linking the top of Adelaide Street to King George Square is set to begin from Monday, September 20, bringing a number of changes for commuters and travellers.
South-bound general traffic access along North Quay will permanently close, with all but buses and authorised vehicles diverted onto Adelaide Street as work begins on the tunnel – expected to be finished by May 2024 after a “soft launch” of the services in late 2023.
And as part of plans to revamp the busy street with a pedestrian and public transport focus, only buses and authorised vehicles will be able to continue along Adelaide Street, with general traffic then diverted left again onto George Street.
The pedestrian crossing across Adelaide Street at North Quay will also close, with 40 motorcycle parks adjacent to Turbot Street to be temporarily moved until mid-2022 while a new sewer line is built.
The 109/110 bus stop on North Quay – opposite the Brisbane Quarter development – will close, with a number of other bus routes also changing. Traffic management will be in place.
Work on a charging station for the electric buses on the inner-northern busway at Countess Street will begin. Brisbane Move, the consortium contracted to deliver the project, will also start site investigations at other key points around the city, with some interruptions expected throughout the year.
The update, presented to the council’s transport committee on Tuesday, contained clarification around the timeline of a number of other key infrastructure elements of the project’s first stage, set to provide two lines connecting 18 stations between Eight Mile Plains and Roma Street, and the University of Queensland and the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.
In a July budget information session, public and active transport committee chair Ryan Murphy said the gradual commissioning of Metro’s 60 articulated buses from “late 2023” would essentially lead to a soft launch while work continued on the tunnel and upgrades to the Cultural Centre station, Victoria Bridge and Buranda Busway.