The Australian Government provided $10 million to develop the north west transport network (NWTN) business program case providing an opportunity to examine transport network options that will deliver the greatest benefit to Brisbane’s north-west.

As trips in Brisbane’s north west increase, we need to change how we move around the network, whether it’s for commuting, freight, tourism or leisure.

Transforming the network requires a range of solutions that cater to the growing demand for these different trip types while making it easier to choose sustainable transport options.

Our vision is that wherever you are in Brisbane, you’re connected to an integrated transport network that gets you where you want to go.

The NWTN program business case is now submitted to Infrastructure Australia for consideration and firmly establishes the need to transform the transport network in Brisbane’s north west. The program proposes a suite of projects to deliver transport infrastructure projects to shape the region and help people get home sooner and safer.

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About the business case

The program business case considers potential transport infrastructure ideas within the NWTN to help reduce traffic congestion and get residents home sooner and safer.

The NWTN program business case study area includes many of Brisbane’s northern suburbs and extends from the Toowong/Indooroopilly area to Bald Hills and Carseldine. The program business case also considers surrounding areas including the Moreton Bay region.

In assessing the need for change and from community feedback, it was clear a singular project would not address the NWTN’s problems. Instead, a multi-modal program of road, bus, rail and active transport is needed to sustainably meet the transport needs of a rapidly growing SEQ.

The program business case, which sets out a suite of projects for the NWTN, has been submitted to Infrastructure Australia for consideration. This may result in some or all elements being included in their Infrastructure Priority List.

The NWTN program business case has been developed according to Infrastructure Australia and Queensland Government project assessment frameworks and supports strategy and policy across all levels of government and takes a ‘one network’ approach.

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Community consultation

In late 2019, residents were invited to share feedback about their travel behaviours and where transport services and infrastructure could be improved. Using this feedback, a range of potential transport infrastructure ideas were developed to help address transport challenges identified by residents.

The transport ideas considered improvements to roads, public transport and active ways of travelling. From November to December 2020, residents were invited to have their say on the transport ideas to help inform the business case.

View the community feedback received during consultation.

Community feedback was assessed to help inform the scope of transport and infrastructure solutions for inclusion in the business case by:

  • informing which ideas were considered further
  • informing the criteria used to select and refine ideas for continued investigation during options assessment
  • influencing greater use of tunnelling for options near the North West Transport (NWTC) to minimise environmentally sensitive and natural areas of community value such as the Chermside Hills Reserve
  • acknowledging high support for options that increase public transport and active transport choices.

Timeline

Problem identification and community feedback

COMPLETED: NOVEMBER 2019 - MID-2020

Council received feedback on Brisbane's north-west transport future to inform the development of the business case. Council assessed community feedback received and published the North west transport network business case community consultation report.

Options development and community feedback

COMPLETED: MID-2020 - 2021

Potential transport solutions for the north west transport network were identified and community feedback was received to help inform business case development.

Business case development

COMPLETED: 2021 - 2022

Council assessed community feedback, assessed potential transport solutions and has finalised the program business case.

Submit to Infrastructure Australia for assessment

2022

Council has submitted the program business case to Infrastructure Australia, the Australian Government's independent infrastructure advisor, who will consider the business case recommendations.

Documents and reports

Community consultation report phase 1 (2019-2020)

The consultation report summarises the community feedback received during the first ‘problem identification’ phase of community consultation in 2019-2020.

Download the North west transport network consultation report (Word – 1.2Mb).

Key Findings document (strategic assessment)

In November 2020, Council released the North west transport network strategic assessment - key findings document. The document summarises the challenges with the current transport network and identifies potential improvement initiatives to be explored in future stages of the business case development.

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North West Transport Network 2031 - Making it happen

In August 2022, Council submitted the north west transport network program business case options assessment report to Infrastructure Australia. This report provides an overview of the recommendations contained in the business case.

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Key findings of the North West Transport Corridor

This report explores the greater use of tunnelling for options near the North West Transport Corridor (NWTC) to minimise environmentally sensitive and natural areas of community value such as the Chermside Hills Reserve.

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Community consultation report phase 2 (2020)

This consultation report summarises the community feedback received during the second ‘options development and assessment’ phase of community consultation in 2020.

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More information

For more information about the north west transport network business case, phone Council on 07 3403 8888.

Last updated: 9 August 2022

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