The Brisbane Metro project will be given the State Government support it needs in Liberal National Party Leader Deb Frecklington’s plan to bust congestion.
“Brisbane Metro would solve a transport bottleneck that has been at capacity for a decade and would reduce congestion that chokes Brisbane streets,” Ms Frecklington said.
“The LNP’s plan to bust congestion would include the contribution of $20 million worth of State Government land at Rochedale and South Brisbane to get the Brisbane Metro delivered.
“The Brisbane Metro is a city-changing project and an elected LNP Government would guarantee appropriate approvals were in place to get it built and invest in more bus services to work with the Metro once it is operational.
“Brisbane commuters would experience faster journey times and more reliable services under Metro, meaning more time with families and less time on the road.
“Metro would not only offer another public transport option to commuters but it would take busses off the road, helping to reduce congestion.”
Ms Frecklington said the Cultural Centre busway station had been operating over capacity since 2008, which led to longer travel times, congestion and unreliable services.
“Key parts of the busway network, including Buranda, Mater Hill and South Bank stations, are also suffering from congestion and CBD bus stops and routes are at capacity,” she said.
“Labor’s rail fail means more people are looking for alternative transport options such as buses or driving on already congested roads.”
Shadow Minister for Transport and Main Roads Steve Minnikin said Infrastructure Australia listed Brisbane Metro as one of just six high-priority national initiatives while Labor’s pet project Cross River Rail didn’t make the cut.
“Why is Labor dragging their feet on supporting this project?” Mr Minnikin said.
“The Brisbane Metro project is hamstrung by the Labor Government and won’t progress until the land at Rochedale and South Brisbane is contributed.
“Brisbane Metro would provide high-frequency services as often as every 90 seconds between Roma Street and Mater Hill and would boost busway capacity by up to 22,000 passengers per hour.
“The LNP’s commitment plans for the future and enables Brisbane commuters to benefit from more frequent public transport services.”