Brisbane Metro major infrastructure

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Following the contract award to the Brisbane Move consortium for Brisbane Metro major infrastructure works, Brisbane City Council has revealed details of their winning design, which includes a revised scope of works at the Queensland Cultural Centre.

As part of their tender submission, Brisbane Move offered a design solution which makes improvements to the existing Cultural Centre station to ensure the station can continue to meet busway performance requirements into the future.

Council has accepted this innovative solution and has undertaken independent analysis that confirms the ability to defer delivery of the underground station for at least 10 years post Brisbane Metro coming online. An underground Cultural Centre station can be delivered as part of a future stage of Brisbane Metro.

Key elements

Brisbane Move will be responsible for working in partnership with Council to design and deliver their project solution for Stage 1 of Brisbane Metro, which includes the upgraded Cultural Centre station, public realm improvements in the Queensland Cultural Centre, changes to Victoria Bridge and North Quay, the new Adelaide Street tunnel and public realm improvements on Adelaide Street.

Adelaide Street

Adelaide Street will evolve into a walkable, tree-lined boulevard weaving together retail and key civic spaces with a world-class public transport experience. A new tunnel beneath Adelaide Street will provide a dedicated connection for Metro and bus services between Victoria Bridge, the existing Brisbane Northern Busway, and King George Square station. This will allow the number of buses travelling at surface level to be reduced, helping to improve the environment for pedestrians, businesses and retailers on one of Brisbane’s oldest streets.

The upgrade will include:

  • revitalising 1.7 km of streetscape along Adelaide Street, from Edward Street to Victoria Bridge
  • improved footpaths and bus stops
  • new landscaping and street furniture
  • feature lighting to showcase this important tree-lined boulevard.

Queensland Cultural Centre

The Queensland Cultural Centre is the centrepiece for Queensland’s arts portfolio, hosting internationally and locally recognised performances and exhibitions. It provides a critical link between South Brisbane and the CBD, and is an important destination for tourists and visitors alike.

Brisbane Metro will deliver the following benefits in the Queensland Cultural Centre:

  • an upgraded Cultural Centre station
  • significant public realm improvements on Melbourne Street and Grey Street; including a world-class gateway to the Cultural Forecourt, new landscaping and wider footpaths
  • improved cycling connections along Melbourne Street and Grey Street
  • a new crossing on Grey Street between Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and South Brisbane railway station
  • improved connectivity at Melbourne Street and Grey Street by providing pedestrian movement in all directions
  • relocation of the Cultural Centre station lifts to improve public realm and maintain equitable access.

Victoria Bridge and North Quay

Removal of general traffic from Victoria Bridge represents a unique opportunity to provide a prioritised public and active transport corridor, connecting the CBD and South Brisbane.

As part of Stage 1 at Victoria Bridge, Brisbane City Council will:

  • deliver a two-way cycleway on the downstream side and improved pedestrian pathways on the upstream side
  • install three lanes for Metro and bus services across Victoria Bridge
  • provide cycle lanes on Melbourne Street and at North Quay for ongoing connections from South Brisbane to the rest of the CBD
  • improve connectivity to the broader active transport network
  • improve public realm.

Council is also developing designs to deliver a pedestrian shade solution for Victoria Bridge, subject to engineering assessments.

As part of Council's plan to deliver improved public realm and active transport connection, Victoria Bridge has been planned to be closed to general traffic since early 2016 and Council acknowledges this change will affect people in different ways. Engagement with the community and key stakeholders will occur ahead of the closure of general traffic to ensure community awareness and sufficient time for changes in travel behaviours.

At North Quay, Council will improve the public realm through:

  • a new river viewing deck and more space for pedestrians and cyclists, including a dedicated connection to Ann Street
  • maintaining the existing at-grade crossing for pedestrians and cyclists to the upstream footpath of Victoria Bridge
  • introducing a new scramble crossing on the downstream side between Victoria Bridge and Reddacliff Place.
Last updated: 21 January 2021