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Two city properties to be resumed for intersection upgrades 

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Two city properties to be resumed for intersection upgrades 

TWO property owners on Brisbane St will have some of their land resumed by the council to allow for intersection upgrades.

The land will be taken from the Coronation Hotel at 254 Brisbane St.

The council needs to resume the land to allow for a 3m-wide verge and the realignment of pedestrian crossings.

The hotel building will not be affected.

The council also plans to resume land from a small block of shops at 55 Brisbane St to allow for the creation of a continuous north-south road connection between Warwick Rd and Bremer St, and create an alternative link to East St.

Originally Published: www.qt.com.au

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Vision Released of Brisbane’s Underground Metro Station

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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.

Source: theurbandeveloper.com

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Plans Emerge for Brisbane’s New Bikeway

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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.

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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.”

Originally Published: theurbandeveloper.com

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