The $944 million Brisbane Metro project is a step closer to commencing construction, with a special industry briefing session to be held where more than 200 industry leaders - from locally-based to international companies - attending to hear about construction and employment opportunities on the project.
Expressions of Interest (EOIs) are expected to be called following the industry briefing session - which will outline the project’s key milestones as well as the Brisbane City Council’s contracting model.
“We are gearing up to start procurement for the Brisbane Metro project that will cut travel times, unlock bus congestion in the CBD and improve services to suburbs.
“Brisbane Metro services will commence in 2023 and will revolutionise the way we travel, getting residents home up to 50 per cent faster on a high-frequency service, reducing bus congestion in inner-city streets and ensuring our city continues to thrive as a great place to live, work and relax,” Acting Mayor Adrian Schrinner said.
Mr Schrinner added that the EOIs are for the main Inner City Infrastructure package that will include a new underground station located at the Cultural Centre precinct - valued at $315 million to build - as well as a new tunnel under Adelaide Street. An international Registrations of Interest process will also commence to deliver the fleet of 60 high-capacity Metro Vehicles.
The Brisbane Metro project will be delivering two new high-capacity metro lines that will utilise the existing South East Busway as well as parts of the Northern Busway. The two lines will be:
- Metro 1 - Eight Mile Plains station to Roma Street station
- Metro 2 - Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital station to University of Queensland Lakes station
Source: Brisbane Development
Key elements of this project will include:
- New and modified infrastructure
- High-frequency turn-up-and-go metro services
- A new fleet of high-capacity metro vehicles
- Policy and operational improvements
- New customer and vehicle management systems
- 18 stations and 11 interchanges spread out across a 21-kilometre dedicated route
- A fleet of 60-high-capacity metro vehicles
Once works on the project are completed, the Brisbane Metro will be able to slash travel times, reduce inner city bus congestion as well as improve transport services to inner suburbs.
The Australian Government has allotted approximately $300 million for the delivery of Brisbane Metro from the 2018-19 Federal Budget.
Subject to approvals, procurement activities are expected to begin by mid-2018, while detailed design and construction of the project is set to commence in 2019. The Brisbane Metro is projected to begin service in 2023.
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