Newman announces new bus depot for Brisbanes south

By: Jason Whittaker


The Brisbane City Council will develop a bus depot on industrial land at Sherwood, bringing another 200 buses to the

The Brisbane City Council will develop a bus depot on industrial land at Sherwood, bringing another 200 buses to the city’s southern suburbs.

The Council is set to purchase a 7.9 hectare industrial site on Sherwood Road at the Rocklea-Sherwood border.

The site has been vacant since a major warehouse fire in 2007.

The Council will rehabilitate the adjacent Oxley Creek embankment, through the revegetation of native plant species, as part of the depot development, it says in a statement.

Public and Active Transport Chairman Jane Prentice says the Council needed a strategic location for public transport in the inner south.

"It will cut down on the time that buses run without passengers. Usually a bus runs ‘empty’ all the way back to depots at Mt Gravatt and Willawong in order to refuel so this is a great strategic location to keep servicing the community better," she says.

The new depot will not house a bus building facility or gas refuelling. All access to the site will be via Sherwood Road.

The land purchase is part of Lord Mayor Campbell Newman’s 2009/10 Budget commitment to buy two sites – one on the southside and one on the northside – to build new bus depots.

Newman is delivering 500 new buses this term.

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