Planned integration for Brisbane Metro and Cross River Rail

RACQ has thrown its support behind a new idea to gain funding for Cross River Rail, which would see a network of turn-up-and-go bus and train services.

The Courier Mail has reported the plan dubbed ‘Connecting Brisbane’ would allow Brisbane Metro interchanges at hubs such as Chermside, Indooroopilly and Mount Gravatt, stopping people from clogging busy services transiting through the city.

Rail passengers would also benefit, with Cross River Rail allowing Gold Coast trains to increase from eight to 12 services during peak.

Transport Minister Jackie Trad said the south east would see a growth of two million people over the next 20 years and Brisbane would need both the projects.

“We have clogged arteries, we have a clogged aorta and in order to unclog it we need both Metro and Cross River Rail,” she said.

“We need buses and trains working together so we can deliver a high-frequency, reliable public transport network for the people of Brisbane.”

RACQ’s Renee Smith said it was positive to see a joint plan between the State Government and Brisbane City Council.

“An integrated public transport solution to connect rail and the Metro could be a real winner for commuters,” Ms Smith said.

“Public transport users would see a benefit from improved infrastructure and would allow for better service and trip experiences on the existing infrastructure.

“Motorists would also see benefits with congestion on the inner-city roads being addressed meaning better travel times and network reliability.

“The plan provides a solution for the rail bottleneck at Merivale Bridge as well as the bus bottleneck at Victoria Bridge.”

Ms Smith said while an integrated plan is a good step forward, the critical part is that Cross River Rail gets the funding it needed.

“Cross River Rail is critical in delivering Brisbane commuters with a viable alternative to using their cars and improves existing rail alignment through the inner city and it is vital the project is funded to begin as soon as possible,” she said.