Brisbane Metro construction updates

Brisbane City Council moving ahead with the turn-up-and-go Brisbane Metro — a new era of connected 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. Use this page to find information on works underway.

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Major construction - Inner City North

King George Square station works

As part of the works required to construct the new Adelaide Street tunnel connection into the existing King George Square station, station modification works at King George Square station will commence from 28 March 2022 until 2024.

Major construction activities will take place:

  • within a small section of King George Square
  • on Adelaide Street between City Hall and the Adelaide Street and Albert Street intersection
  • within the existing King George Square busway station concourse and platform levels.

Access to King George Square station via the western entrance on Adelaide Street (next to City Hall) will close until 2024. During this time, access to the station will be maintained via the eastern entrance (also on Adelaide Street), approximately 50 metres away. 

During these works there will be key commuter, pedestrian, cyclist and motorist changes. Traffic management will also be in place as required.

Every effort will be made to minimise the impact of these works, including noise and dust, on nearby businesses and properties by Brisbane Move.

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King George Square commuter, pedestrian, cyclist and motorist changes from late March 2022

Gas line relocation works

As part of the major infrastructure works to construct the new Adelaide Street tunnel entrance at the George Street and Adelaide Street intersection, Brisbane Move will relocate an existing gas line in the North Quay and Adelaide Street intersection to make way for the tunnel entrance. These works will occur at night from early April 2022 for up to three months.

Between 10pm and 5am, the section of Adelaide Street between North Quay and George Street will be closed to general traffic and there will be a lane closure in place on North Quay next to the work area.

When Adelaide Street is closed, motorists will be able to travel southbound through North Quay at Adelaide Street. Outside of these works and upon completion, North Quay will be reinstated to a left turn into Adelaide Street only, with through southbound access returning to being permanently closed.

Footpath closures will also be required during these works between 7pm and 5am on Adelaide Street and North Quay next to the work area and detours will be in place for pedestrians and active transport users.

Traffic lane and footpath closures will be reinstated at the end of each shift.

As part of these works, the bicycle parking on North Quay next to Brisbane Square will be permanently closed, and the motorcycle parking will be relocated approximately 50 metres to the south towards Reddacliff Place.

Works will be undertaken from Sunday to Thursday between 7pm and 5am (with traffic and footpath changes between 10pm and 5am) to maximise safety for road workers and to minimise impact on traffic.

Vegetation removal will also be required on North Quay next to the work area, and will be undertaken in accordance with Brisbane City Council’s Natural Assets Local Law (NALL).

Works will involve the use of road saws, jack hammers, excavation equipment, trucks and compaction equipment, and no interruptions or impacts to customers are expected during these works.

Every effort will be made to minimise the impact of these works on nearby businesses and residents. No interruptions or impacts to services are expected during these works.

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North Quay footpath closure

As part of the major construction activities to install the new sewer line on North Quay between Turbot Street to Victoria Bridge, a section of footpath along on the river side of North Quay between Adelaide Street and Victoria Bridge will be closed from Monday 24 January 2022 for up to four months.

Alternate routes will be in place for active transport users, pedestrians and commuters and wayfinding signage and traffic management will be present to provide guidance where required.

Works will be undertaken during:

  • Standard construction hours – Monday to Friday between 7am and 6pm and Saturday between 7am and 6pm
  • Out-of-hours – Sunday to Thursday between 7pm and 5am

 Works will include:

  • Vegetation removal and tree trimming on North Quay, undertaken in accordance with Brisbane City Council’s Natural Assets Local Law (NALL)
  • Use of road saws, jack hammers, excavation equipment, trucks and compaction equipment.

Every effort will be made to minimise the impact of these works on nearby businesses and residents. No interruptions or impacts to services are expected during these works.

For more information, contact the Brisbane Move Community and Stakeholder Engagement team on 1800 318 059 or by email.

Map - North Quay footpath closure

Major construction update and traffic changes for Brisbane CBD

Major construction activities continue on the Brisbane Metro project throughout March 2022 in Brisbane's CBD and on the inner Northern Busway at Countess Street, including:

  • ongoing construction of the new tunnel entrance at Adelaide Street between North Quay and George Street
  • service relocation works.

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

Traffic control will be provided to direct commuters.

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Map - Alternate CBD traffic access from 20 September 2021

Major construction in the Brisbane CBD commenced Sunday 5 September 2021, with significant traffic changes taking place on North Quay, William Street, George Street and Adelaide Street from 20 September 2021.

Changes included 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.

Map - Changed traffic, pedestrian and public transport access

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.

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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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.

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

Throughout 2022, 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
  • Dutton Park Recreation Reserve, off TJ Doyle Memorial Drive
  • 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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Major Construction – Inner City South

Queensland Cultural Centre works

As part of major infrastructure works in South Brisbane, the Cultural Centre station and surrounding precinct will be upgraded to improve efficiency and reliability of the public transport system. Works will take place from June 2022 until 2024.

These upgrades will include:

  • an upgraded Cultural Centre station
  • improved walkways and cycling amenities
  • improved wayfinding and accessibility
  • revitalised streetscape and urban realm improvements.

The first stage of construction at the Cultural Centre station and on Grey Street, Melbourne Street and Merivale Street will include:

  • site establishment, including installing traffic barriers and hoarding around work areas
  • temporary and permanent changes to general traffic, pedestrian movements, loading zones, on-street parking and motorcycle parking
  • service installation and relocation works
  • demolition of Cultural Centre station lift shaft near the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC). Lift access to the Cultural Centre station will be maintained via the Queensland Museum lift.
  • upgrade works at the intersection of Merivale Street and Melbourne Street.

Intermittent site investigation works will continue in the area during major construction activities.

Every effort will be made to minimise the impact of these works on nearby businesses and residents.

For more information on expected impacts and changed conditions, you can download the:

Map - Inner City South major construction

Site establishment – 125 Grey Street

As part of Brisbane Metro, Brisbane Move will install a temporary site support compound at 125 Grey Street, South Brisbane (car park next to South Brisbane rail station).

Work to install this temporary site support compound is scheduled to start in April 2022.

During compound installation works, nearby residents and business can expect:

  • work hours – work to install the compound will be undertaken during both standard work hours (7am to 6pm on weekdays and 7am to 1pm on Saturdays), and out-of-hours (7pm to 5am from Sunday to Thursday).
  • traffic changes – to facilitate oversized deliveries and compound installation works, temporary single lane closures will be in place in South Brisbane. Traffic control will be on site to direct pedestrians and motorists.
  • construction activity – use of a crane, vehicles, excavators and other construction machinery.
  • noise, dust and light – from the use of construction equipment during night work to install the site support compound and laydown area. Presence of lighting rigs as well as construction vehicles and equipment with flashing lights and reverse squawkers.

Every effort will be made to minimise the impact of these works, including night works, noise and dust, on nearby businesses and properties.

This site setup is critical to supporting construction activities and will be in place until project completion in 2024.

For any questions, please contact Brisbane Move on 1800 318 059 or email Brisbane Move.

Suburban works

Buranda busway station - early works

As part of the major infrastructure works for the project, Buranda Busway station will be upgraded and extended to improve busway operations and cater for metros. The upgrade will involve increasing the length of both the inbound and outbound station platforms and widening the busway tunnel under O’Keefe Street.

From February to August 2022, Brisbane Move will be undertaking early works for the Buranda busway station upgrade. These works will include:

  • geotechnical investigations
  • relocating existing underground services
  • relocating the Buranda busway station fire room and services.

Works will be undertaken on O’Keefe Street between Carl Street and Gillingham Street, and within the Buranda busway station.

Brisbane Move will also establish a site compound and laydown facility at Hanlon Park to support the Buranda busway station upgrade. The site compound is required to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will be used for workforce facilities, storage and the maintenance of construction equipment and materials.

The Hanlon Park site compound and laydown facility will be in place until 2024.

If you have any questions regarding the works, please do not hesitate to contact the Brisbane Move team on 1800 318 059 or email Brisbane Move.

Metro depot

As part of Brisbane Metro, a new metro depot  will be constructed at School Road, Rochedale, adjacent to the South East Busway. Delivery of the depot involves completion of a number of early works packages, as well the main construction works package. 

Important changes at School Road

To support delivery of the 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 metro depot site, providing the metro fleet access to a flash charging facility and a dedicated connection to the South East Busway.

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Early works - sewer and busway access road 

From June 2021, early works commenced in preparation for the construction of a new metro depot.

Early works underway 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.

Additional early works packages commencing in 2022 include:

  • electrical connections to support metro charging infrastructure – from Fraser Street, west along Miles Platting Road and south onto School Road
  • communications connections to support depot operations – from Arise Boulevard, south onto Gardner Road, west onto Miles Platting Road and south onto School Road. A connection is also required at the southern end of the depot from School Road and onto the existing South East Busway.

These packages of the 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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Main construction works – bulk earthworks and in-ground services

From October 2021, main construction works commenced for delivery of the metro depot.

The works include:

  • significant excavation, as part of bulk earthworks to achieve suitable levels across the site
  • sewer, storm water and other in-ground service works
  • earth retaining structures
  • concrete and asphalt pavements
  • building works
  • landscaping.

Construction is expected to be complete mid-2023, subject to approvals, weather and construction conditions.

Find more detailed information about the specific work zones, work hours and expected impacts.

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: 28 April 2022

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