Labor’s rail fail means more people are looking for alternative transport options such as buses or driving on already congested roads. Two-thirds of public transport users in Brisbane are bus users with more than 76 million passenger trips taken in 2015-2016.
Since 2008, the Cultural Centre Busway station has been over capacity, resulting in 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 the CBD’s bus stops and routes are at capacity. The South East Busway suffers significant delays and long queues of buses awaiting access to the Victoria Bridge.
Brisbane Metro solves a transport bottleneck that has been at capacity since 2008 and will reduce congestion that currently chokes Brisbane streets. Brisbane Metro will provide high-frequency services as often as every 90 seconds between Roma Street and Mater Hill and will boost busway capacity by up to 22,000 passengers per hour.
If elected, the LNP will contribute state government land at Rochedale and South Brisbane worth over $20 million to ensure this vital public transport project is delivered. The LNP’s commitment plans for the future and enables Brisbane commuters to benefit from more frequent public transport services. Brisbane Metro is a city-changing project – an LNP Government will ensure appropriate approvals are in place to start construction and will invest in more bus services to work with the Brisbane Metro once it is operational. The project has been listed as one of just six high-priority national infrastructure initiatives by Infrastructure Australia – the only Queensland project to make the high-priority list.
The LNP will also develop new integrated transport plans to ensure there is a plan for further expansions to Brisbane Metro and other public transport projects. This is an important public transport project that will ease congestion in Brisbane.