Arup consortium selected to deliver $650m Brisbane Metro project

WCN Editorial Team 4 Jun 2020 OCEANIA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Brisbane Move, a consortium of Arup and Acciona, has been selected as the preferred tenderer to design the new AUD944m ($650m) Brisbane Metro project, a ‘turn up and go’ rapid transit system.

When completed, the 21km high-frequency electric bus network is expected to transform public transport across the city.

Arup Queensland Leader Beth Woods said: “Arup is extremely proud to help create a sustainable, city-shaping project that will provide greater movement, greater growth and create more jobs and investment opportunities for Brisbane.”

Scheduled to be operational in 2023, the project will feature two routes, 18 stations, including 11 interchange stations connecting with suburban bus and train services.

Upon completion, the rapid transit system will deploy 60 trackless electric vehicles, each with a capacity to accommodate 150 passengers.

The project, which is co-financed by Brisbane City Council and the Australian Government, will offer passengers benefits such as faster travel times, comfortable regular services, easy interchange and reduced congestion.

The Metro project will assist in the Covid-19 economic recovery, said Brisbane City Council.

A new tunnel under Adelaide Street, known as Adelaide Street Vision, will be delivered as part of the project.

The tunnel is expected to reduce the impact on businesses, pedestrians, public transport users and trees, a new active transport connection at North Quay and refurbishment of Brisbane’s Cultural Precinct.

The work will remove the traffic from Victoria Bridge, transforming it into a ‘green’ bridge exclusively for buses, pedestrians and cyclists.

Victoria Bridge will be reduced to three lanes for bus and metro services, offering citizens a bi-directional bikeway and enhanced pedestrian path widths.

Arup delivered major South East Queensland transport projects such as Moreton Bay Rail Link, Gold Coast Light Rail, Melbourne Metro, Cross River Rail and Inland Rail.

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The Brisbane Metro will have 18 stations for its 60 trackless electric vehicles. (Credit: Arup)

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