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Plans Emerge for Brisbane’s New Bikeway



Plans Emerge for Brisbane's New Bikeway
New design concepts for Brisbane City Council’s Woolloongabba Bikeway have reached the community, as council seeks public feedback on the $11 million project.

Based on the initial plans, 1.1 km of Stanley Street and 1.4 km of Annerley Road will be provided with dedicated bike lanes. Part of the plan is to remove the existing pedestrian crossing on Annerley Road, located about 150 metres south of the Stanley Street and Annerley Road intersection.

It will be replaced with a signalised crossing at the corner of Annerley Road, Clarence Street and Catherine Street.

The design also involves changing the number of intersections on Annerley Road and Stanley Street to improve traffic flow. Bus stops will also be reconfigured to minimise conflicts between cyclists and buses.


Speaking last week at the Brisbane Bicycle Film Festival, Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey announced a multi-million-dollar facelift to improve Brisbane’s cycling infrastructure.

Bailey said that a tender to develop a major cycling maintenance and rehabilitation program has been awarded to HDR, with consultation now under way.

“Once the program is developed, we have allocated $6.91 million to carry out works between 2017-18 and 2020-21 ensuring a safer, more comfortable ride for everyday users.

Bailey said rehabilitation of the bikeways supported the Queensland Cycling Action Plan 2017-2019, which was heavily influenced by community feedback.

The Woolloongabba project aims to make roads safer for cyclists and encourage more people to use bikes instead of cars as part of council’s plan to create new lifestyle and leisure opportunities through active travel options.

The initiative is part of the council’s Better Bikeways for Brisbane program, which is being funded through a $100-million investment.

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Queensland’s population projected to hit 5 million

Motivations for new and easier cycling options come as a result of growing population figures and the accompanying number of cars on the road, as Queensland’s population is projected to reach the five million milestone in May, according to the latest population figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

ABS Demography director Anthony Grubb said that by the end of September 2017 Queensland’s population had reached 4.9 million and was growing at 1.7 per cent.

“Natural increase and net overseas migration each added an additional 31,000 people to the state’s population in the year preceding September 2017,” Grubb said.

“The third component, net interstate migration, contributed 19,000 over the same period, including a net flow of 12,000 from New South Wales.”

Grubb said Queensland took 37 years to hit the one million milestone in 1938 and another 36 years to reach two million in 1974.

“After that, population growth picked up its pace, taking only 18 years to get to three million in 1992, and just 14 years to reach four million in 2006.”

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Vision Released of Brisbane’s Underground Metro Station



Vision Released of Brisbane’s Underground Metro Station
A first look at Brisbane Metro’s $315 million underground station at the Cultural Centre has been provided through the release of designs for the station at South Brisbane.

Fly-through vision of the station has been released by Brisbane lord mayor Graham Quirk who was joined by federal Urban Infrastructure and Cities Minister Paul Fletcher.

The new station will be built on a parcel of land owned by the state government near the intersection of Grey and Melbourne Streets, and link Brisbane Metro passengers with the cultural precinct.

Metro vehicles will be linked to Victoria Bridge via an underground tunnel which will reduce congestion at the Melbourne and Grey Streets intersection.

Brisbane City Council released the fly-through vision of the station even though it is still in discussions with the state government about buying parcels of the land for completion of the station.

The lord mayor has said council has money put aside for the land parcels if they are not gifted by the government, which could cost up to $30 million.

Vision Released of Brisbane’s Underground Metro Station

The council has committed to funding two-thirds of the $944 million Brisbane Metro project with the federal government announcing it was committing $300 million as a funding boost in the 2018-19 federal budget.

The budget granted Queensland $5.2 billion for infrastructure projects but the Cross River Rail project failed to receive any funding which topped the Palaszczuk government’s funding wish list.

State treasurer Jackie Trad criticised the federal coalition for failing to pay Queensland the attention it deserves on the back of jobs growth that has accounted for one third of that across the country.

Vision Released of Brisbane’s Underground Metro Station

The Metro will include two lines – one that runs from Eight Mile Plains to Roma Street and another that will stretch from the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital to UQ Lakes.

The design of the Metro vehicles has yet to be determined with several proposals being considered, though specially licenced drivers will be required.

“You can’t drive it with a bus licence, you can’t drive it with a train licence – it’s a stand-alone vehicle which will require special licensing in terms of the driver,” Cr Quirk said.

Construction of the Brisbane Metro is expected to start in 2019 and be completed by 2022.

Council has invited residents and stakeholders to have their say on the Brisbane Metro draft Design Report until Friday 25 May 2018.


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Shortlist Announced for Cross River Rail Construction



Shortlist Announced for Cross River Rail Construction

The shortlist of consortia bidding to build the state’s largest infrastructure project, the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail, has been announced.

Despite being pushed back almost a year – the shortlist was due to be announced in May 2017 – Acting Premier Jackie Trad blamed the delay on the conflict over funding with the federal government.

“If this process had occurred in May last year it would have occurred before there was money for the project,” Trad told reporters on Tuesday.

Trad said that the shortlist followed a comprehensive evaluation of the expressions of interest received for the project’s two major works packages: The Tunnel, Stations and Development public-private partnership and the Rail, Integration and Systems alliance.

“Shortlisted companies will now be required to prepare detailed bids that demonstrate innovation and offer Queenslanders the highest possible value for money.”

“Once the assessment process is complete, the consortia selected from these shortlists will be building this project. ”

The Palaszczuk government committed to on-time delivery of the project from here on in, after the turbulent years leading up to the contract announcement.

The process to select the consortium to build Cross River Rail is expected to take between 12 and 18 months, with the successful tenderer then expected to take up to a further year to begin physical work on the project.

The project involves the delivery of a 10.2km north-south rail link from Dutton Park to Bowen Hills through the exhibition showgrounds, including 5.9 kilometres of rail tunnel under the Brisbane River and CBD, as well as four new underground stations at Boggo Road, Woolloongabba, Albert Street and Roma Street.

Demand for Brisbane’s rail services is forecasted to double by 2026, and triple by 2036. The project seeks to respond to these demand pressures by providing transport options to 164,000 passengers daily.

The election of a Labor government in November eliminated uncertainty over whether the project would have been scrapped or delayed under a Liberal government.

“We promised to build Cross River Rail and that is exactly what we are doing,” Trad said.

Tunnel, Stations and Development public-private partnership consortia shortlist:


  • CIMIC Group-led consortium, including Pacific Partnerships, CPB Contractors, UGL, BAM, Ghella and DIF


  • QIC, Capella Capital, Lendlease, John Holland and Bouygues

CentriQ Partnerships  

  • Plenary Group, ACCIONA, GS Engineering & Construction, Salini Impregilo and Spotless Group

The Rail, Integration and Systems alliance shortlist:

RiverCity Alliance

  • Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction Pty Limited, GHD Pty Ltd, Aurecon Australasia Pty Ltd, SYSTRA Scott Lister Australia Pty Ltd

Unity Alliance

  • CPB Contractors Pty Limited, UGL Engineering Pty Limited, Jacobs Group (Australia) Pty Ltd, AECOM Australia Pty Ltd

Main image: A concept image of the Roma Street station servicing Cross River Rail.

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