Priority project: Adelaide Street

Adelaide Street is a vital public transport corridor, a busy pedestrian thoroughfare, and one of Brisbane’s iconic city boulevards. It forms part of our city centre’s retail heart and is home to some of our most cherished civic spaces.

Delivery of this project will include:

  • developing an overall vision for the street
  • staged design and upgrade of the street environment, including works as part of Brisbane Metro
  • partnering with stakeholders and the community.

For more information on each of the priority projects you can download the City Centre Master Plan 2014.

Draft Adelaide Street Vision

Brisbane City Council has released a draft vision for Adelaide Street’s evolution into a walkable, tree-lined boulevard, weaving together retail and key civic spaces with a world-class public transport experience. 

Construction of Council’s Brisbane Metro project provides the opportunity to deliver improvements to Adelaide Street including pedestrian and streetscape upgrades. The City Centre Master Plan 2014 also identifies the need to develop a streetscape master plan for Adelaide Street.

Download the Draft Adelaide Street Vision:

Community engagement

Council sought feedback on the draft vision from 28 May until 24 June 2019. Feedback received from the community was largely positive and highlighted three key themes.

Streetscape and pedestrian environment:

  • strong support for shade trees and landscaping along the street and spaces such as King George Square
  • support for increased pedestrian safety, movement, comfort and amenity along the street by:
    • delivering a pedestrian cross-block link between Anzac Square and Post Office Square
    • creating a 'grand arrival' from Central Station to Adelaide Street
    • delivering footpaths that are uncluttered, wide and have consistent high-quality paving
    • reducing pedestrian crowding with bus stop consolidation and buildouts
    • improving connections to surrounding destinations including Fortitude Valley, key heritage sites and civic spaces.
  • support for small space, arcade and laneway improvements such as revitalising Clark Lane Park and existing laneways
  • requests for a flexible streetscape to accommodate developments in technology and mobility options such as digital wayfinding signs, rideshare zones, e-scooter use and parking and alternative off-street loading zones.

Public and active transport:

  • support for elevating public transport and pedestrian use as a priority in the design of the street while de-emphasising the use of private vehicles
  • requests for dedicated cycle lanes between South Bank and Fortitude Valley, running along either Adelaide Street or other parallel city centre streets.

Brisbane Metro:

  • strong interest in Brisbane Metro including requests for appropriate mitigation measures, such as signage and maintaining access, to minimise any short-term construction impacts on property owners and retailers
  • support from traders for improved streetscape outcomes in the long-term and increased pedestrian traffic following construction of Brisbane Metro.

Next steps

Council would like to thank those who provided feedback on the draft Adelaide Street vision during the public consultation phase.

As part of Brisbane Metro, Council is establishing a Collaborative Partnership which consists of Council, contractor and design partners. The Collaborative Partnership will be responsible for delivering the inner city infrastructure works, which includes a new tunnel underneath Adelaide Street.

The draft Adelaide Street Vision, along with feedback received, will be progressed by the Collaborative Partnership through the detailed design phase of Brisbane Metro for works from North Quay to Edward Street.

Elements outside the scope of Brisbane Metro will be subject to future Council planning and funding priorities, and involvement of key stakeholders.

More information

For more information you can:

For more information on Brisbane Metro, contact the project team.

Last updated: 11 March 2020