Metro depot

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 late-2023, subject to approvals, weather and construction conditions.

Important information - School Road, Rochedale

A section of School Road, Rochedale, between Priestdale Road and the Brisbane Gateway Resort access (200 School Road, Rochedale) was permanently closed on 3 February 2023. Find out more.

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


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


Mid 2021 - Site preparation and investigation works


Late 2021 - Main construction works


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 has permanently closed a section of School Road, between Priestdale Road and Brisbane Gateway Resort access (200 School Road, Rochedale) from 3 February 2023. The closure has been administered under Section 75(1) of the City of Brisbane Act 2010. 

The section of School Road between Priestdale Road and the South East Busway intersection 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.

Access to and from the South East busway will remain available for bus services only. The section of School Road between Priestdale Road and the intersection with the South East Busway is closed to all traffic.

For more information:

Map - School Road permanent closure

Download an accessible version of the School Road closure map (Word - 439kb).

Upcoming construction activities

In February and March 2023, construction activities will take place in a number of work areas. General construction noise, light and dust from the use of construction machinery and equipment is expected. Every effort will be made to reduce these impacts.

Within the metro depot site

Summary of works:

  • Earthworks, micro-tunnelling and installation of in-ground utility services, including beneath the M1/M3 motorway corridor. 
  • Constructing retaining walls around the site perimeter. 
  • Building foundation and structural works, as well as pavement works. 
  • Construction vehicle movements, with site access via School Road.

Work hours:

  • Monday to Friday, 5.30am to 6.30pm (to facilitate critical concrete pours, these works may start as early as 5am)
  • Saturday 6.30am to 5pm
  • Some works may be required out-of-hours, from Sunday to Thursday, 7pm to 5am

School Road, Rochedale, outside the metro depot

Summary of works:

  • Excavation for delivery of in-ground utility services. Where required, signage and traffic management will be in place to manage pedestrians or general traffic movements. 
  • Tree and vegetation removal.

Work hours:

  • Monday to Friday, 5.30am to 6.30pm (to facilitate critical concrete pours, these works may start as early as 5am)
  • Saturday 6.30am to 5pm
  • Some works may be required out-of-hours, from Sunday to Thursday, 7pm to 5am. 

Miles Platting Road, Gardner Road and School Road

Summary of works:

  • Site investigations and locating existing services.
  • Trenching, directional drilling and pit construction to install new utility services.
  • Tree and vegetation removal.
  • Intermittent temporary lane closures, with access maintained for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians at all times.
  • Any temporary driveway access impacts will be managed directly with individual property owners by Council’s delivery partner, Brisbane Move.

Work hours:

  • Sunday to Thursday, 7pm to 5am (the majority of works will be undertaken during these hours to minimise traffic impacts)
  • Monday to Friday, 7am to 6pm
  • Saturday, 8am to 1pm

Big Al's Creek (between the Gateway Motorway off ramp and the Pacific Motorway), Eight Mile Plains

Summary of works:

  • Investigation works, earthworks and micro-tunnelling for a new trunk sewer connection beneath the M1/M3 motorway corridor.  
  • Temporary single lane closures will be in place intermittently at the Pacific Motorway off-ramp, near Levington Road, and in both directions on the Pacific Motorway. Access maintained for motorists at all times. 
  • Tree and vegetation removal. 

Work hours:

  • To minimise traffic impacts, most works will occur Sunday to Thursday, 7pm to 6am 

Priestdale Road Park site compound, Eight Mile Plains

Summary of works:

  • Ongoing construction vehicle movements.

Work hours:

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

Levington Road, Eight Mile Plains

Summary of works:

  • Establishment of a new work area, near the Gateway Motorway on-ramp.
  • Investigation works, earthworks and micro-tunnelling for a new trunk sewer connection underneath the M1/M3 motorway corridor. 
  • Temporary traffic changes on Levington Road and Priestdale Road, adjacent to the Gateway Motorway on-ramp. 
  • Short pedestrian and cyclist detours may be in place.

Work hours:

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

Find out more about these works

Documents and resources

For more information, download the latest Metro depot construction notice.

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: 6 February 2023

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