New Transport Plan for Brisbane (the Plan)

Brisbane caters for the largest proportion of the State’s population and includes significant regional economic drivers including the Central Business District, Australia TradeCoast, Port of Brisbane, Brisbane Airport and the South West Industrial Gateway.  Our transport networks provide for the significant movement of people and goods to support the liveability and economic prosperity of the South East Queensland region.

Brisbane will continue to face significant challenges in delivering high-performing transport networks – to meet these challenges, over the next 12 months Council is preparing a new transport plan.

The Plan will outline how Council intends to address the transport challenges facing Brisbane over the next 20 years and beyond in order to achieve Council’s Vision for the future. It will provide an overarching framework to guide Council’s transport policies and future investments.

Preparing for the Plan

The Plan will be developed over coming months and is due to be released in late 2017. Council will be engaging in a community consultation phase in mid-2017 to ensure residents, businesses and visitors alike are able to have their input to the development of the Plan.

If you would like to be involved in this engagement process, please email your contact details through to

Carrying out the Plan

There are new and emerging opportunities, particularly in the area of technology that have the potential to greatly change the nature of Brisbane’s transport system. The Plan is a major planning document, providing guidance to future transport programs, initiatives and budgets. It will outline how Council will address the future issues of the City, some of which may be expressed spatially. It will also provide examples of possible solutions to transport challenges within Brisbane. 

The previous Transport Plan

The current Transport Plan for Brisbane 2008-2026 (TP4B) was developed in 2006-2008 to accommodate city growth through to 2026. The majority of projects listed in the current TP4B are either completed or substantially underway. More recent population and employment figures and forecasts are now available (2031 and 2041) and will influence the future of Brisbane in terms of strengthening our City’s economy and supporting high quality access to facilities and services, while the city's environmental quality and liveability are maintained.

More information on the existing Transport Plan can be found below. 

Transport Plan for Brisbane 2008-2026

Brisbane City Council last updated the Transport Plan for Brisbane in 2008. 

The city's economic growth and the lifestyle of its residents depend upon an efficient transport system.

This is why Council has made tackling congestion on the transport network its top priority.

The Transport Plan reflects Council’s plan to balance investment in public transport, walking and cycling with an efficient road network.

The Transport Plan was updated to take account of:

  • South East Queensland Regional Plan and Infrastructure Plan and Program
  • TransApex
  • Brisbane’s draft City Shape Implementation Strategy
  • City Centre Master Plan
  • TransLink Transit Authority Network Plan

Since publication of the 2008 Transport Plan, Brisbane City Council has:

  • completed the Eleanor Schonell Bridge and the Clem Jones Tunnel (North-South Bypass Tunnel)
  • implemented nine BUZ (Bus Upgrade Zones) routes
  • introduced 450 low-floor airconditioned compressed natural gas buses
  • completed construction on Legacy Way (Hale Street Link)

Carrying out the Plan

The Plan focused on 'transport corridors', which are the major arterial routes through the city. It:

  • defined the specific transport projects Council will make in an area
  • directed planning work to major road corridors and the roads that feed into them
  • considered how to manage travel demand in those corridors, looking at a range of projects to manage congestion, such as:
    • extra road space
    • more public transport
    • walking and cycling facilities
    • improved signal coordination

Each potential project is subject to:

  • detailed investigation
  • cost benefit analysis
  • funding availability

Projects are reviewed at least every five years to assess the changing needs of the city.

Transport Plan projects

Council is and has already carried out a number of projects that support the Transport Plan including:

  • $1.2b Road Action Program
  • purchasing 500 new 'rigid equivalent' buses 
  • $220m for walking, cycling and bikeways 
  • CityCycle bike hire scheme
  • bus Rapid Transit System
  • six new CityCats
  • new ferry terminals

Request the Transport Plan for Brisbane

To request a copy of the Transport Plan for Brisbane 2008-2026, please email

More information

23 June 2017