Action needed now to deliver Brisbane Metro

The State’s peak motoring body has called for Brisbane City Council (BCC) to get on with delivering the Brisbane Metro, following criticism that design delays had potentially blown out costs.

Brisbane Times reported Council still did not know how much construction delays would cost six months on after flagging the hold-up.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said the Club urged Council to finalise the tender process and release the revised design and costings for the Cultural Centre Station and overall project.

“The Business Case Benefit-Cost-Ratio came out positively for Brisbane Metro under a range of scenarios, so despite these delays we expect the project will still deliver better transport outcomes for Brisbane,” Dr Michael said. 

“Local commuters are crying out for a better connected and reliable public transport, which is why we need Council to get on with delivering this project to help ease the pressure on the bus network.”

Dr Michael warned more delays could result in further cost blowouts to taxpayers.

“Delays will add to ongoing frustration for public transport users as major construction works are undertaken across the Brisbane CBD and Southbank in the coming years,” she said.

“Project delays also have the potential to distract from other priority projects in the BCC area, impacting transport for Brisbane residents. We can’t afford to waste any more time, we need action now.”