As the Roma Street Station goes underground as part of Queensland’s Cross River Rail project, so will the bus interchange. A $250 million project has been announced to move the bus interchange underground, which is going to be delivered by the Cross River Rail team as an additional public transport infrastructure project.
“Value-adding a new, $250 million high-capacity underground interchange for the Inner Northern Busway to the Cross River Rail Project will support 480 jobs and a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reshape the Roma Street Station precinct.
“The integrated Roma Street underground busway interchange will be part of a new turn-up-and-go transport network for the South East,” Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said.
The new 650-metre underground busway is going to be located directly below the Roma Street Station plaza to make it easier for commuters to transfer to the trains or other buses at the State’s busiest public transport hub.
“Once Cross River Rail is operational, 36,000 passengers are expected to use Roma Street every day to transfer between buses and trains, which is why we’re upgrading this important hub, taking hundreds of cars off the road and easing congestion.
“Having the Roma Street section of the Northern Busway underground will mean better integration of bus services with the new underground train station, which will make it more convenient for commuters,” Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said.
Source: Brisbane Times
The future station plaza is going to be linked to the underground train station and bus interchange by lifts as well as escalators, providing passengers easier access.
According to Member for McConnel Grace Grace, moving the busway underground will create opportunities such as new community open spaces for the Roma Street precinct.
“Cross River Rail and the plans for the Roma Street Station precinct will deliver unprecedented convenience for our community,” Ms Grace said.
The Roma Street underground busway project is funded separately by Transport and Main Roads, and construction is anticipated to commence by late 2019.
Contractors who will deliver the Cross River Rail - including the new Roma Street underground busway - was announced in April. You can read more about it here.
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