Next stage for Brisbane Metro Subway System announced

There’s exciting news for Brisbane residents and investors as the next stage for the Brisbane Metro Subway System is underway. Not only will this have a positive impact on Brisbane commuters, but property buyers and investors interested in purchasing property in the local area will also see the benefit.

However, to help develop the business case for the Brisbane Metro Subway System, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is asking residents for help as part of a city-wide engagement program. Asking commuters and residents about their travel patterns and behaviour will also help assist the preparation of the business case, and help to inform design and operations of the project.

Cr Quirk said, “The people of Brisbane earlier this year indicated their strong support for the Brisbane Metro Subway System and we are getting on with the business case so we can keep building the necessary infrastructure to keep Brisbane moving.”

“I am committed to delivering this vital transport project and want to hear the views about the project, its design and operation, to help address the existing bus capacity issue and to decrease journey times for bus commuters.”

“Two thirds of public transport passengers in Brisbane are bus users and the Metro will play a critical role in ensuring both rail and bus networks can meet future public transport needs.”

The projected jobs growth for Brisbane is set to increase and is expected to see double the demand of bus commuters to the CBD over the next 15 years. Having a Metro system in place will help alleviate the load, whilst provide another alternate transport solution that serves the Brisbane CBD.

What is the Brisbane Metro Subway System?

The Brisbane Metro Subway System is one of Brisbane’s most significant public transport projects. Its aim is to deliver a high-frequency subway system to help cut travel times, whilst free up road and bus congestion to help deliver more bus services across the suburbs of Brisbane.

Where will the Brisbane Metro Subway System service?

A video has been released which shows how the introduction of the Brisbane Metro would change their commute from the suburbs to the inner city via a seven kilometre route travelling from Herston to Woolloongabba, with stops at Mater Hill, South Bank, connecting to a new underground station at Cultural Centre, before continuing over Victoria Bridge. It will then enter a new underground portal at Adelaide Street linking with the King George Square, Roma Street, Normanby and QUT Kelvin Grove stations. It would utilise sections of the South East and Inner Northern Busways.

Not only will the Brisbane Metro provide a wealth of benefits to commuters who live within the middle and outer ring suburbs, these residents and commuters who are currently experiencing long commutes and daily bus gridlock, will soon be able to enjoy faster and less stressful commutes.

The Brisbane Metro Subway System will assist future growth

Cr Quirk commented, “This is a transport solution built for future growth and will provide a high-frequency transport option capable of carrying up to 30,000 passengers per hour, meeting the forecasts of 108,000 new jobs in the CBD.”

To assist with the planning of the next stage of the Brisbane Metro, Cr Quirk, as part of his Business Mission has also recently inspected the Kobe Municipal Subway in Japan and the Daejon Metro in South Korea.

“Metro systems globally carry more people to their destination faster than buses and the Brisbane Metro will provide a solution to keep our city heading in the right direction,” he said.

Forecasts for 2031 also indicate the following:
  • An additional 108,000 jobs will be based in the CBD
  • An 80 per cent increase in demand for public transport journeys through the CBD
  • Public transport trips to the city centre will double
  • Buses entering the CBD during morning peak will increase from 500 to 1,000 unless action is taken. The CBD cannot sustain 1,000 buses in peak hour traffic.

How much will the Brisbane Metro Subway System cost?

It is anticipated that the Brisbane Metro Subway System will cost approximately $1.54 billion, which will include roughly $1.15 billion for the metro line, tunnel and station construction from Herston to Woolloongabba.

When will the Brisbane Metro Subway System be completed?

It is expected that the $16 million business case will be complete by May 2017, whilst the $1.5 billion Brisbane Metro is anticipated to be completed by 2022.

What are the Benefits of the next stage of Brisbane Metro?

There are many great benefits that the Brisbane Metro Subway System will provide. As a large proportion of Brisbane’s bus infrastructure is already running at capacity (bus users represent two-thirds of public transport passengers), this will provide a rapid transport system which will cut travel times, whilst reduce congestion in the city as well as provide more buses to the outer suburbs.

Other major benefits include:
  • Seven kilometres of fast uninterrupted travel
  • Services target for every two minutes
  • Ability to carry up to 30,000 passengers per hour
  • Improved CBD amenity through a reduction in buses on the streets
  • Three new stations and upgrades to existing stations
  • Smoother, quieter and quicker than light rail
  • Improved journey times
  • Victoria Bridge dedicated to Brisbane Metro Subway System, other bus services, pedestrians and cyclists
  • More effective use of existing infrastructure

Metro Systems in place across the world

It’s not just Brisbane though who has a metro system in place. London has its London Underground system since 1890, Singapore has the efficient Mass Rapid Transit, whilst the metro system that has the longest route length is the Shanghai Metro.

Even Sydney is realising the need to attend to its future population growth and currently in the process of developing its 12km CBD and South East Light Rail network which is expected to commence services from 2019.

If you want to have your say on the Brisbane Metro project, there are information sessions and pop up venue information opportunities throughout October.

To learn more about how the Brisbane Metro Subway System will affect buying property in Brisbane, why not give our expert Property Consultants at iBuyNew a call today to learn more. Call us on 1300 123 463.
Published on 10th of October 2016 by Marty Stanowich
Marty Stanowich
Marty Stanowich

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