We are proposing the delivery one of the more innovative public transport connections in the world with the recently announced the Underground Bus and Train Project . This is a 5.4 kilometre tunnel with two train lines in the lower section and two busway lanes in the upper section
Premier of Queensland
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The underground Bus and Train Project is an elegant and innovative public transport solution to two of Brisbane’s major congestion challenges – the Merivale train bridge and the Cultural Centre bus precinct and it will be delivered by the State Government by 2021.
The Underground Bus and Train project is a critical new link in South East Queensland’s public transport network. It’s also a new concept in public transport.
In a world-first, the project combines a railway and a busway in a single, double-decked, 15-metre-wide tunnel beneath the Brisbane River.
The tunnel will go underground at Dutton Park in the south to Victoria Park in the north, via new stations at Woolloongabba, George St and Roma St.
Importantly the project is $3 billion cheaper than the unaffordable and fanciful proposal of the previous Labor Government.
There are many other benefits as well, including taking 200 buses off congested Brisbane roads and 100 buses off the Captain Cook Bridge in morning peak hour.
Under the previous proposal 108 homes would have been resumed, costing millions of dollars, but under this plan there will be no surface private property resumptions and that is a great outcome.
It will also be a major economic boost, creating hundreds of jobs and new pathways for business to grow and develop in Brisbane.
This project delivers the public transport services that south east Queensland needs for the next 50 years.