Northern busway on track

After Anna Bligh’s opening of Brisbane’s Eastern Busway extension last month, sights are now focussed north

Northern busway on track
Northern busway on track

September 16, 2011

Brisbane’s busway network is taking shape with the northern suburbs' extension just nine months from completion.

With the latest stage of Brisbane's Eastern Busway now open, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh recently inspected progress on the Windsor to Kedron phase of the Northern Busway.

Similar to the Eastern Busway, the northern path features two state-of-the-art busway stations – at Lutwyche and Kedron Brook – linked with tunnelling and above ground roadworks and infrastructure, running parallel and beneath Lutwyche Road, one of Brisbane’s main northern arteries.

Bligh says the $444 million project would bring a welcome relief to north-side commuters.

"Congestion on Lutwyche Road can mean a peak hour bus journey between Kedron and Bowen Hills will take up to 30 minutes, but it's expected the average journey will be halved when the busway opens next year," she says.

"By 2016 this congestion busting project will mean north-siders have access to a bus every 30 seconds in peak hour, increasing to a bus every 20 seconds by 2026."

Busway construction is more than 60 percent complete, tunnelling is finished and mechanical and electrical fit-out is underway inside the 1.5 kilometres of busway tunnel.

"Construction of both the Lutwyche and Kedron Brook busway stations commenced in March, with the internal fit-out also well underway including the installation of electrical services, glass and tiles," Bligh says.

The Lutwyche busway station will include an underpass to allow pedestrians and cyclists to access inbound and outbound platforms without crossing busy Lutwyche Road.

Kedron Brook busway station will have a passenger drop-off zone and increased access and safety for pedestrians and cyclists with enhanced pathway networks.

Thiess John Holland Project Director Gordon Ralph congratulated the Northern Busway team on its progress to date.

"We have excavated the entire 1.5kms of tunnel, poured 10,000m3 of concrete to line the tunnel, driven approximately 1,250 piles, and laid around 1,200 tonnes of asphalt," Ralph says.

The project has been carried out in tandem with Brisbane’s adjacent Airport Link project, also on track for completion in mid-2012.

On completion the Northern Busway will be handed to the Queensland Government for final fit-out and commissioning by TransLink.

Prior to opening, TransLink network planners will review local services to maximise the reliability and faster travel times offered by the new busway.

The Northern Busway is part of a network eventually spanning Brisbane, combining with the existing rail network to enhance the city's public transport system.

Beyond 2012, the Northern Busway will commence its next phase of construction from Kedron to Brisbane’s outer suburbs Chermside, Aspley and Bracken Ridge.

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