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High Time for High Speed Inland Rail

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A $2.8 billion high-speed rail link from Melbourne to Brisbane will be part of Labor’s upcoming campaign pledges with plans to start buying up the land corridor for the network linking eastern state capitals.

Labor has ramped up its push for the rail network in response to Scott Morrison who announced plans to build smaller rail network linking eastern state capitals to regional population centres.

Shadow infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese, who has been a vocal proponent of high-speed rail, says that a Labor government would prioritise the project and begin acquisition of the corridor.

“Scott Morrison’s latest re-announcement of his ‘faster rail’ proposal to link big cities with regional centres is too little, too late when it comes to addressing traffic congestion and promoting regional development,” Albanese said.

“As soon as it took office the Coalition government shelved this work and has done nothing since to advance the project.”

“As the government scrambles for solutions to traffic congestion exacerbated by its own neglect and lack of infrastructure investment, it pretends it is acting by periodically re-announcing its ‘faster rail’ proposal.”

High Time for High Speed Inland Rail.

Infrastructure Australia this month put the cost of preserving land along the proposed corridor at $2.8 billion.

The federal agency said in its most recent infrastructure priority report that corridor preservation between Melbourne and Brisbane remained a high priority.

It has previously warned that a failure to protect the corridor from urban encroachment risks pushing the cost of the project even higher.

Albanese highlighted that the proposed high-speed network down Australia’s east coast would allow people to move between capital cities in as little as three hours at speeds of up to 350km per hour.

“This project would revolutionise interstate travel and turbo-charge regional development,” Albanese said.

“It would also be a game-changer for communities along its path, including the Gold Coast, Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Newcastle, the Central Coast, Southern Highlands, Canberra, Wagga Wagga and Shepparton.”

“It would bring these communities closer to capital cities, allowing for increased commuting while also strengthening the case for regional business investment.”

Prime minister Scott Morrison said details would be revealed in the April 2 budget.

Laying down the tracks of feasibility

In 2013, the Rudd government put the cost of a Brisbane to Melbourne via Sydney and Canberra route at an eye-watering $114 billion.

Labor promised $50 million to establish a High Speed Rail Authority to oversee the project.

A feasibility study undertaken by the authority found that the potential high-speed rail network would produce $2 of public benefit for every $1 invested.

“Based on that study, an independent panel led by former deputy prime minister Tim Fischer and the Business Council of Australia’s Jennifer Westacott recommended the creation of a High Speed Rail Authority to advance the project and begin acquisition of the corridor,” Albanese said.

States not waiting on ceremony

Three states, Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales are now looking into their own high-speed projects.

In NSW four routes have been proposed, connecting Sydney with Canberra, Wollongong, Bathurst and Newcastle.

Victoria is aiming to cut the travel time from Melbourne to regional cities Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong to under one hour.

Queensland, is aiming to connect the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba to the Brisbane CBD in 45 minutes.

 

Source: theurbandeveloper.com

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Brisbane Metro to Reshape Adelaide Street

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Brisbane Metro to Reshape Adelaide Street

Brisbane City Council has released its plan to transform one of the cities vital public transport corridors into a new transit boulevard, including an underground tunnel entry for Brisbane Metro.

Adelaide Street in Brisbane’s CBD will now be transformed in order to declutter the existing infrastructure and provide a revised vision for a walkable, tree-lined boulevard, weaving together retail and key civic spaces with world-class public transport access.

The recently released Draft Adelaide Street Vision has outlined council’s plan to adapt the century-old transit corridor to meet changing community needs.

Visitation to Brisbane is marked to increase by around 30 per cent by 2020, and infrastructure to support and service the high-frequency Metro vehicles will be an initial focus.

The $944 million Brisbane Metro is a key driver for the new direction, with the project delivering a new tunnel under Adelaide Street to link North Quay to the King George Square Bus Station.

Pedestrian movement will also be prioritised with widened footpaths, build-outs and improved street crossings.

Clark Lane will also be activated with the addition of an adjoining pocket park with an outdoor gallery and creative lighting as well as enhancements to Hutton Lane to improve connectivity to Central Station.

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Lord mayor Adrian Schrinner said the Draft Adelaide Street Vision outlined Council’s plan to adapt Adelaide Street to increase safety and transport accessibility.

“As our city experiences increased pedestrian and public transport activity, we want to transform this corridor into a world-class transit boulevard,” lord mayor Adrian Schrinner said.

“We’re going to make sure that is a world-class arrival experience in Adelaide Street and a much more pleasant environment, a safer environment, for pedestrians as well.”

Adelaide Street, one of four key city boulevards that is both pedestrian and transit-oriented within Brisbane’s CBD, was originally sounded out for its development potential in the City Centre Master Plan 2014.

“We need to plan a desirable entry point into the heart of the city ahead of the high-frequency Brisbane Metro, which is expected to increase passenger numbers to King George Square by 120 per cent,” Schrinner said.

Council is currently evaluating expressions of interest from five consortia to build the inner city infrastructure for the Metro before releasing a short-list to commence the tender proposal phase later this year.

The Brisbane Metro will stretch 21 kilometres, from Eight Mile Plains to Roma Street Station, and from the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital to UQ Lakes busway station.

Out of the project’s budget, $196 million has been set aside for the depot, fleet and systems, $557 million for infrastructure and project management and delivery costs $189 million.

The Brisbane Metro’s station at South Brisbane’s Cultural Centrewill cost $315 million, about a third of the metro’s budget.

The route will also close Victoria Bridge to vehicles, reconfiguring the number of metro and bus lanes from four to three, and includes the dedicated off-road cyclist and pedestrian path.

Brisbane residents can provide feedback on the draft Adelaide Street vision until 24 June, after which the council will begin working on the vision coinciding with Brisbane Metro’s construction timeline.

 

 

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Developers, Government and Council Ink $1.2bn Infrastructure Deal

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Developers, Government and Council Ink $1.2bn Infrastructure Deal

A $1.2 billion deal to secure the infrastructure needs of two priority development areas over the next 45 years has been made between Queensland government, Logan City council and nine property developers.

The deal will ensure necessary funding towards local roads, water and sewerage facilities for the two development areas Yarrabilba and Greater Flagstone, both located roughly within a 55-kilometre distance from Brisbane CBD.

The nine developers include Lendlease, Villa World, Mirvac, Peet, Pioneer-Fortune, Celestino, Pacific International, New Beith and Gittins.

The two areas are slated to deliver a substantial portion of new housing in south-east Queensland over the next three-to-four decades.

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Infrastructure and planning minister Cameron Dick described the deal as the largest infrastructure agreement of its type.

“Some 170 kilometres of council roads will be upgraded through these developer contributions and over the next six years alone, the agreement will see up to $400 million in infrastructure investment, which will support more than 130 construction jobs each year,” Dick said.

“The deal will guarantee the roads, water supply and wastewater infrastructure needed to connect the emerging communities with the surrounding networks are delivered without placing an impost on existing ratepayers.”

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Developers will fund the infrastructure through upfront charges, above their development costs within the Flagstone and Yarrabilba areas.

Lendlease Queensland Communities general manager Guy Gibson said the commitment by all parties will see major infrastructure improvements for the Yarrabilba community and Greater Flagstone.

“The finalisation of these infrastructure agreements with the State Government and Logan City Council is an important milestone in ensuring that over the next 45 years the project continues to be well planned and appropriately serviced.”

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Facilities have already been delivered in the region, including two primary schools, retail precincts, a sports and community hub and recreational parks.

A state primary and high school are scheduled to open in 2020, while two further schools, one state and one independent, are each in the planning phase for greater Flagstone and Yarrabilba.

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New $250m Underground Plans for Roma Street

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New $250m Underground Plans for Roma Street

Brisbane’s Roma Street busway station will be dug underground and integrated with the new Cross River Rail platforms, in a $250 million plan announced on Friday.

While a new underground train station was already promised for the Roma Street site, deputy Premier Jackie Trad unveiled plans that the 650-metre long busway would also be moved below, to be located directly under the Roma Street station plaza.

Despite no federal funding for $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project, Trad said the new underground busway would be delivered as an additional transport infrastructure project, funded by Transport and Main Roads.

“The underground interchange for the Inner Northern Busway to the Cross River Rail Project will support 480 jobs,” Trad said.

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The Queensland government expects 36,000 people will transfer daily between rail and buses at the Roma Street station when the project is finished in 2024.

Plans will see the Roma Street precinct revitalised by replacing the “tired” transit centre, with the existing above-ground interchange to be demolished.

The new street frontage station plaza will be built on top of the busway interchange with underground train and bus plaza levels linked by lifts and escalators.

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Cross River Rail early works have already commenced in Woolloongabba in Brisbane’s inner south-east.

Contractors are expected to start on Roma Street Station’s underground busway interchange by late-2019.

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The multi-billion-dollar project

Cross River Rail is a 10.2 kilometre rail line from Dutton Park to Bowen Hills, which includes 5.9 kilometres of tunnel under the Brisbane River and Brisbane City Centre.

It’s anticipated a trip from Albert Street to The Gabba would take around three minutes.

Once Cross River Rail is open, 36,000 passengers are expected to use Roma Street each day to transfer between buses and trains.

 

 

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