Brisbane Metro construction updates

Brisbane City Council is delivering a greater transport network with more travel options, less congestion and better public transport. Brisbane Metro will deliver 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 The University of Queensland.

The Collaborative Partnership, Brisbane Move is commencing site investigation works ahead of main construction works in 2022.

Brisbane Metro depot - important changes at School Road

To support delivery of the Brisbane Metro depot and in consideration of the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) future busway extension, Council will permanently close a section of School Road, between Priestdale Road and the intersection with the South East Busway. This is planned to occur in late 2022. This section of School Road will form part of the Brisbane Metro depot site, providing Brisbane Metro vehicles access to a fast charging facility and a dedicated connection to the South East Busway.

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Major construction - Inner City North

Current major construction activities will continue on the Brisbane Metro project throughout November and December 2021, and January 2022:

  • In Brisbane’s CBD
  • On the Inner Northern Busway at Countess Street

These works will require changed traffic, cyclist and pedestrian conditions.

Traffic control will be on site to provide direction to cyclists, pedestrians and commuters during works.

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Traffic changes for CBD

Map -Alternate CBD traffic access from 20 September 2021

Brisbane City Council is moving ahead with delivering the turn-up-and-go Brisbane Metro, which will revolutionise public transport in our city.

Major construction in the Brisbane CBD commenced Sunday 5 September 2021, with the first stages of construction on North Quay, William Street, George Street and Adelaide Street including:

  • site establishment, including installation of traffic barriers and hoarding around work areas
  • temporary and permanent traffic, pedestrian, bus stop and motorcycle parking changes
  • service installation and service relocation works
  • construction of the tunnel portal on Adelaide Street between North Quay and George Street.

Significant changes took place in the Brisbane CBD from 20 September 2021, including both permanent and temporary changed traffic and pedestrian conditions as well as permanent bus stop and public transport service changes.

Traffic management is in place to guide motorists, pedestrians, cyclists, and commuters.

Traffic, pedestrian, cyclist, and motorcycle changes during construction

  • Through south-bound vehicle access on North Quay is permanently closed at Adelaide Street, and all general traffic must turn left into Adelaide Street. Once on Adelaide Street, all general traffic must then turn left into George Street — only buses and authorised traffic are able to continue eastbound on Adelaide Street. Detour signage is in place to direct motorists.
  • The pedestrian crossing across Adelaide Street at North Quay is permanently closed. Detour signage is in place to direct pedestrians.
  • Approximately 40 motorcycle parks have been temporarily removed until mid-2022 on North Quay adjacent to Turbot Street for the construction of a new sewer line on North Quay. 

Traffic management is in place to guide motorists, pedestrians, cyclists, and commuters.

Map - Changed traffic, pedestrian and public transport access
This is a map of changed traffic, pedestrian and public transport access - it is a visual representation of the information presented as text on this page directly above.

We strongly encourage anyone that lives, works or travels into the city to plan ahead and email Brisbane Move to receive regular project updates.

To find out more about these works, phone Brisbane Move on 1800 318 059.

Bus stop changes

As a result of the construction, North Quay bus stop 109/110 permanently closed to all bus services. Adelaide Street bus stop 48 will close during major construction works. This means that any bus services that currently use these stops will be re-routed through the Brisbane CBD to service new or alternative bus stops.

There will also be additional stop changes to other services through the CBD, as a result of the re-routed services.

Impacted routes include:

  • North Quay stop 109/110:
    • Routes 360, 361 and 364
    • Routes 470, 475 and 476
  • Adelaide Street stop 48:
    • Route 555

Other CBD stop changes:

  • Route 61 (late Friday and Saturday nights only) will no longer service Ann Street stop 12
  • Routes 184/185 and routes 211/212 will no longer stop at Ann Street stop 10
  • Routes 360/361/364 and routes 475/476 will also no longer stop at Elizabeth Street stops 83 and 89, and Eagle Street stop 63 (at Riverside).
  • Route 470 will no longer stop at Herschel St stop 1, Elizabeth Street stops 83 and 89, and Eagle Street stop 63 (at Riverside)

To find out more about these changes and to plan your new journey, download the MyTransLink app, visit the Translink website or phone 13 12 30 anytime.

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Site compound and laydown facility

From early September 2021, Brisbane Move will establish a site compound and laydown facility at 49 Bishop Street, Kelvin Grove.

The compound and laydown facilities are expected to remain in place until project completion in late 2024.  The compound will: 

  • Contain staff and project workforce facilities within the existing office space
  • Be used for storage of construction equipment and materials
  • Be used as a facility to repair and maintain construction machinery. 

For all enquiries on this, please contact the Brisbane Move team on 1800 318 059 or email brisbanemetro@acciona.com.

Site investigation works

Between July and late 2021, Brisbane Move will be undertaking intermittent site investigations to inform design of Brisbane Metro's major infrastructure works.

Investigation works will occur on:

  • Adelaide Street, George Street, William Street, Queens Wharf Road and North Quay in Brisbane CBD
  • Melbourne Street, Cordelia Street, Merivale Street, Hope Street, Grey Street and Stanley Street in South Brisbane
  • Victoria Bridge, South Brisbane and CBD
  • Inner Northern Busway, Herston
  • UQ Lakes station, St Lucia
  • Inner Northern Busway, Petrie Terrace.

To maximise safety for road users and to minimise impact on traffic and pedestrians, investigation works will be undertaken out-of-hours (between 7pm and 5am, Sunday to Thursday). 

During investigation works, nearby residents and business can expect disruptions such as:

  • pedestrian changes – short pedestrian detours will be in place around the work areas 
  • traffic changes – temporary single lane closures will be in place at the site investigation locations
  • construction activity – the use of road saws, jack hammers, vacuum excavators, compaction equipment and other construction machinery
  • noise, dust and light – from the use of construction equipment, presence of lighting rigs, and construction vehicles and equipment with flashing lights and reverse squawkers
  • bus stop changes - temporary bus stop closures may be in place on Adelaide Street and North Quay during these works. Traffic control will be on site to assist patrons to the closest alternative bus stop.

Access will be maintained for motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and commuters at all times, and traffic control will be on site to provide direction.

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Suburban works

Buranda Busway station

As part of the major infrastructure works for the project, Buranda Busway station will be upgraded. The upgrade will involve increasing the length of both the inbound and outbound station platforms and widening the busway tunnel under O’Keefe Street and is currently in the design and planning phases.

To help inform the station design, Brisbane Move will be undertaking intermittent site investigation works from mid-September until late October 2021.

Site investigation works will include locating underground services, pavement investigations, borehole drilling and groundwater monitoring at:

  • O’Keefe Street, Buranda
  • within Buranda Busway station. 

What to expect

It is expected the following work hours will be required:

  • out-of-hours between 7pm and 5am, Sunday to Thursday
  • standard hours between 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, and Saturday 8am to 1pm

Other changes:

  • pedestrian changes – short pedestrian detours may be required on O’Keefe Street during work hours
  • traffic changes – temporary single lane closures on O’Keefe Street may be in place during work hours
  • construction activity – the use of road saws, jack hammers, vacuum excavators, compaction equipment and other construction machinery
  • noise, dust and light – from the use of construction equipment, presence of lighting rigs, and construction vehicles and equipment with flashing lights and reverse squawkers.

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End of route charging facility

Inner Northern Busway at Countess Street

As part of Brisbane Metro, Brisbane Move will commence works in August on the first Brisbane Metro end of route charging facility on the Inner Northern Busway at Countess Street in preparation for the arrival of the pilot vehicle for testing in 2022.

This work is expected to start in August until early 2022 and will involve:

  • construction of a temporary charging bay for the Brisbane Metro pilot vehicle
  • construction of a steel gantry and charging point (charging arm)
  • installing low voltage power supply (including the installation of new transformer box)
  • construction of one charging container housing the key components of the charging infrastructure.

It is anticipated that works at Countess Street will be undertaken during both day and night, including:

  • out of hours works between 7pm and 5am, Sunday to Thursday
  • day work hours between 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, and Saturday 8am to 1pm, may be required.

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Brisbane Metro depot

Sewer and busway access road works 

From June 2021, Brisbane City Council will undertake early works in preparation for the construction of a new Brisbane Move depot on School Road, Rochedale.

These works include:

  • trenching, micro-tunnelling and manhole construction to provide sewer connections - from Levington Road, under the Gateway Motorway (M3) and Pacific Motorway (M1), through the depot site and onto Priestdale Road, Rochedale
  • construction of a new busway access road - from the South East Busway into the depot site, adjacent to the Pacific Motorway Southbound on-ramp from Miles Platting Road, Rochedale

Main construction works are expected to start later this year, with construction complete by 2023

Expected impacts 

The majority of this work will be undertaken during standard construction hours:

  • 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday, and
  • 8am to 1pm Sunday.

Some out-of-hours work may be required for the safety of road workers and to minimise impact on traffic. These works will be undertaken between 7pm and 5am, Sunday to Thursday. Advance notice will be provided for any out-of-hours work required.

During the early works, nearby residents and businesses may experience disruptions such as:

  • noise, dust and light - from the use of construction equipment, presence of lighting rigs, and construction vehicles and equipment with flashing lights and reverse squawkers.
  • construction activity - use of road saws, rock hammers, excavators, vacuum excavators, compaction equipment and other construction machinery.
  • traffic changes - temporary single lane closures may be in place nearby the work locations.
  • some localised tree and vegetation removal - removal will occur in accordance with tree removal and replacement procedures and other environmental guidelines.
  • pedestrian changes - temporary pedestrian detours may be in place nearby the work locations.

Access will be maintained at all times for drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and commuters and traffic control will be on site to direct pedestrians and motorists, where required.

Every effort will be made to minimise the impact of these works on the local community. In the event of bad weather or unforeseen circumstances, additional works may be required.

These packages of the Brisbane Metro depot early works are being delivered by Brisbane Move, Council's partner in delivering major infrastructure works across the project. 

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Works completed

Early works – South Brisbane

Council is pleased to advise that Brisbane Metro early works in South Brisbane are now complete, pending final testing and commissioning.

Since July 2020, Council has been completing works on Grey Street in South Brisbane to relocate new sewer infrastructure beneath Grey Street.

These works were required to provide connections to a new sewer pump station at Alexander Smith Place Park (63 Grey Street, South Brisbane) to help cater for future growth and development in the area.

As part of the new sewer infrastructure, Council completed tunnel boring and pipe works beneath Grey Street for a new sewer gravity main connection. This activity involved excavating two large pits on Grey Street, with the tunnel boring machine travelling 250 metres underground from one pit (near the Queensland Museum) to the other (near QPAC).

Council also completed works behind the Cultural Centre bus station, towards Victoria Bridge as part of the sewer rising main works. These works involved open trenching to transfer the sewer from the newly constructed pump station to join the main sewerage system.

A number of pedestrian detours were required to facilitate this work, including implementing a temporary ramp within the Queensland Cultural Centre forecourt area. Extensive reinstatement activities and night works were required to complete these works.

Council would like to thank the community for their patience and cooperation during the works.

Intersection upgrades completed as part of Brisbane Metro early works

Council has been investing in and delivering upgrades to several intersections in the local area since late 2018. These included intersections at:

  • Skew and Upper Roma Streets
  • Peel and Cordelia Streets
  • Peel and Merivale Streets
  • Peel Street, Grey Street and Stanley Place.

Intersection upgrades

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, Grey Street and Stanley Place, South Brisbane.

Peel Street, Grey Street and Stanley Place intersection

Council has successfully completed works 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 were completed in late October 2020.

This upgrade involved:

  • 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.

Council would like to thank the local community for their patience and understanding while these important works were completed.

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.

Last updated: 17 November 2021