Metro depot

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Artist's impression - metro depot workshop

As part of Brisbane Metro, Brisbane City Council is constructing a new metro depot at Rochedale, which will house the new fleet of fully electric metros.

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.

Delivery of the metro depot is well underway with major construction expected to be complete in mid-2023, subject to approvals, weather and construction conditions.

Metro depot location

Metro depot features

  • Stabling and maintenance facilities for the new fleet of 60 battery electric metros.
  • Five end of route Grid e-Motion flash chargers which can recharge a metro in under six minutes, as well as 60 CCS2 plug-in slow chargers, and their supporting charging infrastructure.
  • Metro driver amenities, administration offices and on-site parking to support the day-to-day running of the depot and metro fleet operations.
  • Extensive workshop facilities to accommodate both routine maintenance and body repairs on the metro fleet.
  • Capacity to accommodate growth to the fleet in line with future service requirements.

Accessible map

Download the Metro depot location map (Word - 157Kb)

Metro depot benefits

Supporting approximately 170 jobs during design and construction

Majority of the contract spend will occur within Brisbane and South East Queensland

Building design specification will achieve a '5 Star' Green Star rating through sustainable design solutions

Each year 1 megawatt of clean and green solar energy will help reduce Metro depot carbon emissions

Metro depot fly through video

Artist impressions of the metro depot

You can also view this video on Council's YouTube channel.

Timeline of activities

2017 - Planning and land acquisition

COMPLETED

Early 2021 - Contract award to ADCO Constructions for the design and construction

COMPLETED

Mid 2021 - Site preparation and investigation works

COMPLETED

Mid 2021 - Early works 

EXPECTED COMPLETION LATE 2022

Late 2021 - Main construction works

EXPECTED COMPLETION MID 2023

Keeping our city clean and green

The building design specification for the metro depot will achieve a 5 Star Green Star certification rating. Green Star is Australia's largest voluntary and holistic sustainability rating system for buildings, fit outs and communities.

As part of achieving this rating, a large solar photovoltaic system will be installed on the roof of the buildings. The system, which is targeting 1 megawatt, will help offset some of the operational demands of the metros and substantially reduce the depot’s annual electricity costs and carbon emissions.

For comparison, Council currently has approximately 2.2 megawatts of solar installed across 37 sites throughout Brisbane.

Council is also proposing other opportunities to ensure the metro depot is a clean, green and sustainable facility. This includes investigating the use of harvested rainwater across the site, as well as recycled water as part of the metro wash facility.

Important changes for School Road, Rochedale

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 section of School Road will form part of the metro depot site, providing the metro fleet with access to a flash charging facility and a dedicated connection to the South East Busway.

Further details about the timings of this permanent closure will be communicated in the coming months.

Upcoming construction activities

In September 2022, construction activities will take place in the following work areas:

Within the metro depot site

Summary of works:

  • Continued earthworks and installation of in-ground services.
  • Construction of retaining walls around the site perimeter.
  • Building foundation and pavement works.
  • Ongoing construction vehicle  movements, with site access via School Road.
  • General construction noise, light and dust from the use of construction machinery and equipment. Every effort will be made to reduce these impacts.

Work hours:

  • Monday to Friday, 6.30am to 6.30pm
  • Sunday 6.30am to 5pm

Miles Platting Road, Gardener Road and School Road

Summary of works:

  • Installation of communications and electrical service connections, requiring some tree and vegetation removal within the road reserve.
  • Any temporary driveway access impacts will be managed directly with individual property owners by Council’s delivery partner, Brisbane Move.
  • Intermittent temporary lane closures, with access generally maintained for motorists, cyclist and pedestrians at all times.

Work hours:

  • Monday to Friday, 7am to 6pm
  • Saturday, 8am to 1pm
  • Sunday to Thursday, 7pm to 5am

Priestdale Road Park site compound, Eight Mile Plains

Summary of works:

  • Ongoing construction vehicle movements.
  • General construction noise, light and dust. Every effort will be made to reduce these impacts.

Work hours:

  • Monday to Sunday, 6.30am to 6.30pm
  • Sunday to Thursday, 7pm to 6am

Find out more about these works

Documents and resources

For more information, download the:

Sign up for construction updates

The project team will continue to keep local residents, businesses and other stakeholders informed about the metro depot as construction progresses. If you would like to receive regular metro depot construction updates via email, you can:

  • phone the project team on 1800 692 333 (business hours)
  • email the project team and ask to register for future construction updates.
Last updated: 15 September 2022

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