How Brisbane Metro will transform the city

The State’s peak motoring body has given Brisbane City Council’s (BCC) latest Brisbane Metro plan its tick of approval, following the release of the project’s detailed business case today.

The $944 million project promised to slash travel times by 30 percent in the morning peak, and 50 percent in the afternoon.

Services will run every three minutes during weekday peak periods across the 21 kilometre network, and operate 24 hours on weekends.

Council’s business case confirmed Brisbane Metro would result in the closure of Victoria Bridge to all car traffic, a move RACQ has supported.

“The Victoria Bridge closure means there’ll be a serious upgrade to infrastructure around the Cultural Centre precinct which as it currently stands is a traffic nightmare and chokepoint,” RACQ spokesperson Paul Turner said.

“We want to make sure Council improves signage and directions for motorists so they can choose alternate routes such as the William Jolly Bridge.

“Brisbane City Council must also review traffic signals between Brisbane’s CBD and the Cultural Centre to ensure congestion is managed and alternative routes operate efficiently.

“There will undoubtedly be more traffic on the William Jolly Bridge and the Go Between Bridge, so upgrades at the entry and exits of these bridges would be welcomed, and of course any suggestion to remove the toll on the Go Between would be given a big tick by our members.”

RACQ said it believed Brisbane motorists would leave their cars at home and opt to take the Metro due to its regular services.

“Overall this is a good outcome for motorists and a good outcome for the public transport of Brisbane.”