With the way major projects are looking for the Inner North of Brisbane in coming years, the focus for local, state and federal funding will be on infrastructure to back up the increased future developments. Everything from the rail network, airport, roads and more are set to increase public transport use, decrease travel times and generally make the region easier to get around in.
Brisbane’s rail network will see increased capacity through the construction of a new rail crossing over the Brisbane River as part of the Cross-River Rail project, new truck and rail integrated facilities at acacia ridge to complement existing capacities, and an upgrade to the Port of Brisbane to Acacia Ridge railway connection to ensure transport connections are expanded successfully.
The construction of the new runway at Brisbane Airport will ensure the efficient operation of the major passenger corridor is achieved and sustained. The growth will support both business services and tourism in South East Queensland, and the parallel runway will be operational in the next two years.
The construction of additional berths at the Port of Brisbane is now a priority, with the aim to enhance cruise ship facilities. The Port of Brisbane Corporation will be expanded to meet demands and will include better public and private transport connections to the CBD, helping with tourism in the city. Better road and rail access to the Port of Brisbane at Fisherman Islands is critical to the continued effective operation of the facility, and an expansion of the Port of Brisbane Motorway will accommodate the increased vehicular traffic.
The announcement of the $944m Brisbane Metro infrastructure project comprising of a high-turnover metro network across 21 kilometres of existing busway linking Eight Mile Plains, the RBWH and UQ busway stations and all stations in between will feature two high-frequency, high-capacity metro lines. The project will present a fleet of 60 metro vehicles with 150 people capacity, which can be used on the existing busways. Design and construction of these vehicles have not yet been finalised, however, the Brisbane Metro vehicles would be a similar size to the Gold Coast’s Light Rail network vehicles, but on wheels built for roadways. The vehicles will aid in lowering congestion and could be up and running as soon as 2019.