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 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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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:2 June 2020