Brisbane Metro construction updates

Brisbane City Council is getting residents home quicker and safer with more travel options, less congestion and better public transport. Brisbane Metro will mean a 21 kilometre, turn-up-and-go service, with two dedicated lines connecting 18 stations from Eight Mile Plains to Roma Street and Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital to University of Queensland.

As part of Brisbane Metro, Council is delivering a program of early works involving the relocation of public utility services and intersection upgrades in readiness for changes to the traffic network and main construction works in 2021.

Latest update - from Sunday 10 May 2020, Council commenced works to improve the operation of the Peel Street, Grey Street and Stanley Place intersection in South Brisbane. Find out more.

Works underway

Sewer relocation works – Grey Street and Melbourne Street

As part of Brisbane Metro, a new sewer pump station is being constructed at 63 Grey Street, South Brisbane. The new sewer pump station needs to be connected to the network which involves relocating existing sewer infrastructure beneath Grey Street.

There are two types of sewer infrastructure beneath Grey Street that require relocation:

Sewer gravity main

A pit on Grey Street (near the Queensland Museum), called the launch pit, will be constructed to enable an underground directional tunnel boring machine to be installed. The machine will tunnel beneath Grey Street and surface at a receival pit adjacent to the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC). The tunnel will be used to lay the new sewer gravity pipe.

Sewer rising main

This work will involve open trenching along Grey Street and Melbourne Street, towards Victoria Bridge, to lay a new underground pipeline that will transfer sewerage from the newly constructed pump station to join with the main sewerage system. Part of this work is subject to Queensland Government approvals.

Council is commencing these works from Monday 3 August 2020, with works complete by mid-2021, subject to weather and site conditions.

Expected impacts

During construction, nearby residents and businesses can expect disruptions such as:

  • work hours - most of the work will occur between 6.30am to 6.30pm, Monday to Saturday, with some night works required to facilitate the delivery of heavy machinery and equipment or to undertake activities that cannot be completed during the day
  • traffic changes - traffic will go to one lane in each direction along Grey Street between Russell Street and William Jolly Bridge. This is necessary to facilitate the construction of the launch and receival pits on Grey Street and to accommodate the construction equipment needed to install the directional boring machine, remove the spoil and lay the new pipe
  • temporary relocation of bus layover area - no bus stops will be affected during these works however the layover area used by the bus drivers between shifts will be temporarily relocated to Montague Road, South Brisbane. Find out more
  • intermittent lane closures and footpath detours - some intermittent lane closures and footpath detours will be required to facilitate the delivery of heavy machinery and equipment. This will also be required during the open trenching for the sewer rising main works along the southbound Grey Street bus zone, adjacent to the Queensland Museum
  • changes to pedestrian access to the South Brisbane railway station - due to the construction of a receival pit on Grey Street adjacent to QPAC, pedestrians exiting or entering the South Brisbane railway station will be required to use the signalised pedestrian crossing at the intersection of Melbourne Street and Grey Street.
  • traffic control and signage will be in place to direct motorists, pedestrians and cyclists, as required
  • increased levels of noise, dust, vibration and construction vehicles from the delivery and use of construction equipment.

Temporary relocation of bus layover to Montague Road/car park removal

To accommodate these works and allow two-way traffic flow to continue along Grey Street, Council will temporarily relocate bus layover facilities on Grey Street, between Peel Street and Melbourne Street. These facilities are occupied by bus drivers during breaks between shifts. The relocated bus layover zone will move to Montague Road, between Merivale Street and Stanley Place.

Council considered several alternatives to bus layover locations in the area. Consideration was given to factors such as minimising the cumulative impacts occurring on Grey Street to local businesses, sufficient space to accommodate the length of the buses, the distance for bus drivers to access toilet facilities during their breaks and safety and lighting for drivers at night.

Montague Road was identified as a suitable location as Council was able to utilise a
‘No Stopping – milk tankers excepted’ zone. This meant that less car parks need to be removed and as a result, Council will only remove eight four hour (8 x 4P) metered car parks for a period of approximately six months. This relocation is expected to be in place from Friday 26 June 2020.

Businesses and residents in this area will experience a greater number of buses using Montague Road.

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Sewer pump station

Council is progressing with early works in South Brisbane for the Brisbane Metro project. As part of this, Urban Utilities is constructing a new sewer pump station at Alexander Smith Place Park (63 Grey Street, South Brisbane).

The new sewer pump station is being installed to replace the existing pump station at the corner of Grey Street and Melbourne Street, which will cater for future growth in the area.

Initial investigation works commenced in early February 2020 and have informed construction of the new sewer pump station. 

Main construction works of the sewer pump station commenced in April 2020. These works are expected to take up to 12 months to complete, subject to weather and site conditions.

Expected impacts

During construction, nearby residents and businesses can expect:

  • some night work with noise, lighting, vehicle movements and reversing beepers
  • day works with noise, dust and possible vibration from construction vehicle movements and the use of machinery including a piling rig, crane, trucks and excavators
  • changed traffic conditions near Alexander Smith Place with temporary road closures and detours overnight. Traffic controllers will manage traffic flow to maintain pedestrian and local access
  • increased vehicle movements in and out of the work site.

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Peel Street, Grey Street and Stanley Place intersection

Council has identified the opportunity to improve the operation of the Peel Street, Grey Street and Stanley Place intersection in South Brisbane. The aim of these improvement works is to provide an upgraded traffic network and improve traffic flow.

These works commenced on Sunday 10 May 2020 and are expected to be complete in late 2020.

Works will generally take place at night, between 6pm and 5am, Sunday to Thursday, when traffic volumes are lowest to ensure the safety of motorists and workers and to minimise traffic disruptions.

This proposed upgrade will include:

  • constructing a new left turn slip lane from William Jolly Bridge into Stanley Place
  • reconfiguring the road alignment on Stanley Place to create an additional right turn lane onto Grey Street and increase vehicle storage capacity
  • extending the length of the right turn pocket from Grey Street into Stanley Place
  • improving the right turn storage out of Stanley Place to align with the car park exit
  • changing traffic signal phasing to increase green time and improve intersection efficiency, particularly for event traffic
  • realigning pedestrian crossings and changing crossing signal arrangements to improve pedestrian safety
  • constructing bike ramps on Grey Street to improve the cycling transition to and from the William Jolly Bridge.

Nearby residents and businesses may experience noise and some traffic disruption from this work. Please be assured that Council will make every effort to minimise disruptions during these works and appreciates the patience and cooperation of the local community while the upgrade is undertaken. 

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Changed pedestrian conditions and detour - North Quay to Peel Street, Grey Street and Stanley Place intersection (across William Jolly Bridge)

To construct the new slip lane, shared path and landscaping, the pedestrian path on the eastern side of the road adjacent to the works will need to temporarily close. For the safety of pedestrians, this will require the pathway on the eastern side of William Jolly Bridge, from North Quay to the Peel Street, Grey Street and Stanley Place intersection to close from Thursday 16 July until early September 2020, weather and construction conditions permitting.

Council will divert pedestrians at the signalised crossings at each end of William Jolly Bridge. View the detour map (Word - 641kb).

Metro depot site works

As part of Brisbane Metro, Council is constructing a new Metro depot facility at School Road, Rochedale, adjacent to the South East Busway. The depot will provide:

  • storage and maintenance for the new electric Metro vehicle fleet
  • charging infrastructure
  • staff facilities, including on-site parking.

In early 2019, Council acquired four properties at 71–95 School Road, Rochedale required for the depot site. By early 2020 Council had completed site preparation at these locations, including demolition of existing buildings and some site clearing works.

Council recently acquired 41 School Road and completed demolition and site clearing works at this location. 

Council is currently seeking to acquire three additional properties at 37, 47 and 59 School Road.

Intermittent works will continue to be undertaken during 2020 to prepare for main construction works. Council will keep the community and key stakeholders informed about future works as the project progresses.

Works completed

Intersection upgrades – South Brisbane and CBD

As part of Brisbane Metro, Council will upgrade a number of intersections in South Brisbane and the CBD. These improvements will help manage traffic changes on Victoria Bridge and ensure cross-river connections, particularly William Jolly Bridge, are easy and convenient to access.

Council has upgraded the following intersections as part of this program of works:

  • Peel Street and Merivale Street, South Brisbane
  • Skew Street and Upper Roma Street, Brisbane CBD
  • Peel Street and Cordelia Street, South Brisbane.

Peel Street and Merivale Street intersection

Works to upgrade this intersection were completed in December 2018. This included modifying lane configurations around the intersection to offer additional left turn capacity from Peel Street into Merivale Street and making changes to signal phasing across Merivale Street to remove pedestrian conflicts and improve safety. 

Peel Street and Cordelia Street intersection

Works to upgrade this intersection were completed in early July 2019. This included reconfiguring lanes on Peel Street outbound to create separate through and right turn lanes at the intersection to help traffic flow more efficiently. The upgrade also improved the condition of pavement at the intersection.

    Skew Street and Upper Roma Street intersection

    Works to upgrade this intersection were completed in April 2019. This included extending the length of the turning lanes on Skew Street and implementing new landscaping in the traffic island on Skew Street to improve sight lines.

    Vulture Street, Stanley Street and Dock Street intersection

    In early 2019, Council investigated opportunities to improve the operation of the Vulture Street, Stanley Street and Dock Street intersection.

    Following consultation with key stakeholders and community feedback, Council is continuing to investigate opportunities to improve this intersection. Council is committed to ensuring local residents, businesses and key stakeholders are informed about potential upgrades at this location and will provide further information as the design progresses.

    Last updated:30 July 2020