Brisbane busway officially opens for business

By: Jason Whittaker


The first two east-west sections of Brisbane's expanding busway network were officially opened at a community day attended by thousands

The first two east-west sections of Brisbane's expanding busway network were officially opened at a community day attended by thousands of Queenslanders yesterday (Sunday, August 2).

The new infrastructure, comprising the Boggo Road Busway and stage one of the Eastern Busway, will take up to 450 buses off the road every day.

Up to 10,000 passengers are expected to use the busway daily.

The two projects link the Eleanor Schonell Bridge to the South East Busway at Buranda station, adding 2.1 km to the greater busway network.

The latest link in the network means passengers will be able to travel from the University of Queensland at St Lucia to Buranda, then link up with the South East Busway into the city and then out to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital at Windsor.

The Boggo Road Busway includes a 640 metre-long underground section and passes just six metres under the Boggo Road Goal, making it the longest busway tunnel in Australia.

Construction on the 1.05 km stage two section of the Eastern Busway will start in the next few weeks.

The project will connect the Buranda busway station to new busway stations at Stones Corner and Langlands Park in Coorparoo.

Premier Anna Bligh says patronage has grown by almost 50 percent in the past five years across south east Queensland.

"Our record $18.2 billion capital building program means services and infrastructure will only continue to improve," she says.

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