Brisbane Metro major infrastructure
Brisbane City Council is working with Brisbane Move— a partnership comprising of construction-lead ACCIONA and design-lead Arup to design and deliver the major infrastructure works for Brisbane Metro.
With more than a dozen work sites across the city, Brisbane Metro is tunnelling underground to help reduce congestion, upgrading stations and enhancing streetscapes to create greener, shadier public spaces. In addition to building the charging infrastructure that will power the fully electric metros, Council is constructing a new sustainable metro depot at Rochedale, which will house the metro fleet.
Major infrastructure artist's impressions
Adelaide Street tunnel video
A new tunnel is being constructed beneath Adelaide Street from North Quay connecting into the existing King George Square station and will transform the way we move around our city.
The new tunnel will unlock the city’s bus network and provide a dedicated connection from the South East Busway to the Inner Northern Busway for metro and bus services.
Tunnelling works commenced in December 2022, and will be undertaken 24 hours a day, seven days a week until late 2024.
Brisbane Metro will also deliver a revitalised streetscape on Adelaide Street from North Quay to Edward Street.
The upgrade will include:
- improved footpaths and bus stops
- new landscaping and street furniture
- feature lighting to showcase this important tree-lined boulevard.
As part of Council's plan to deliver improved public spaces and active transport connections, Victoria Bridge was closed to general traffic in January 2021. Removing general traffic from Victoria Bridge represented a unique opportunity to provide a prioritised public and active transport corridor, connecting the CBD and South Brisbane.
Victoria Bridge will be transformed into a green bridge with a shade structure. This upgrade will include:
- three dedicated public transport lanes for metro and bus services
- a shade structure on the downstream side of the bridge, connecting the CBD with cultural and entertainment precincts in South Brisbane and South Bank
- bridge resurfacing
- bi-directional cycleway and e-mobility route from the CBD, across Victoria Bridge and into South Brisbane
- new traffic barriers between the road and pedestrian paths
- improved connectivity to Brisbane’s broader active transport network.
Shade on the bridge will reduce solar radiation during hotter months, improving pedestrian comfort.
Upgraded stations and layover facilities
Upgraded stations and layover facilities
As part of Brisbane Metro, there will be upgrades to some suburban stations including end of route charging facilities.
The University of Queensland: UQ Lakes station is being upgraded to support metro end of route fast charging and layover.
Buranda: Buranda busway station will be upgraded and extended to improve busway operations and cater for Brisbane Metro services.
Herston: An end of route fast charging facility and metro layover area is being constructed at Ernie’s Roundabout within the existing bus layover area.
Petrie Terrace: An end of route fast charging facility is being constructed in the Inner Northern Busway adjacent to Countess Street.
Griffith University: A layover area will be provided near Griffith University station to support efficient operations.
Queensland Cultural Centre
Queensland Cultural Centre
The Cultural Centre station is being upgraded to deliver an enhanced entrance to the precinct and to ensure the station can continue to meet current and future demand.
The new, upgraded Cultural Centre station will improve travel time and reliability for customers travelling through the precinct and increase station capacity to support metro and bus services.
Brisbane Metro will deliver the following benefits in the Queensland Cultural Centre:
- an upgraded Cultural Centre station
- significant public space improvements on Melbourne Street and Grey Street; including an enhanced entrance to the Cultural Centre, new landscaping and wider footpaths
- reinstatement of the Grey Street pocket park
- 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, providing pedestrian movement in all directions
- relocation of the Cultural Centre station lifts to maintain equitable access.
At North Quay, Council and Brisbane Move will improve the public space through:
- a new river viewing deck and more space for pedestrians and cyclists, including a dedicated connection to Ann Street
- maintaining the existing 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.
This 10-hectare end of route facility will provide advanced metro charging solutions for a cleaner and greener Brisbane, making it one of the largest and most technologically advanced facilities of its kind in Australia.
Major infrastructure timeline
- Concept and detailed design commenced
- Victoria Bridge closed to general traffic
- Adelaide Street and North Quay works commenced
- Countess Street end of route charging facility works commenced
- Metro depot construction commenced
- Adelaide Street tunnel works commenced
- Ernie's Roundabout end of route charging point works commenced
- King George Square station works commenced
- Cultural Centre station works commenced
- Suburban station works commenced
- UQ Lakes station works commenced
- Victoria Bridge works commenced
- Adelaide Street surface works commenced
- Completion of end of route charging facilities throughout 2023
- Metro depot to be completed in late 2023
Major infrastructure works to be completed late 2024*
* subject to approvals, weather and construction conditions
About Brisbane Move
The Brisbane Move consortium is made up of construction-lead ACCIONA and design-lead Arup who are delivering the project with Council under a ‘Collaborative Partnership’ arrangement.
The Collaborative Partnership is based on alliance contracting principles and enables Council, ACCIONA, and Arup to deliver the project in a more collaborative manner, compared to traditional design and construct contracts. Council has successfully used a similar contracting model on projects including the Go Between Bridge, Eleanor Schonell Bridge and Robinson Road Open Level Crossing.
ACCIONA and Arup both have significant presence in Queensland with many signature projects including Legacy Way and the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing.
For more information about Brisbane Metro's major infrastructure works, you can:
- phone Brisbane Move 24/7 hotline 1800 318 059
- email Brisbane Move
- phone Council's Brisbane Metro project team on 1800 692 333 during business hours
- visit the team at the Brisbane Metro Information Centre, 63 Adelaide Street, Brisbane CBD (open 10.30am-4pm, Monday to Friday).