Brisbane’s BaT tunnel

Brisbane’s new underground bus and rail tunnel has been officially named

Brisbane’s underground bus and train project has been named the BaT (Bus and Train) Tunnel after an extensive competition.

Capalaba’s Lynne Doyle came up with the name and will win six months of free travel on public transport.

Premier Campbell Newman says the name for the project was chosen from almost 1,000 entries in the month-long competition.

 "There were some wonderfully creative names that an independent panel narrowed down to four sensible options and Lynne’s entry was chosen as the winner," he says.

"The three other short-listed names were River Link, River City Tunnel and B-Line and the people who nominated these will each receive a $50 top-up for their go card."

"We are now getting down to the business end of the modelling and consultation for this project, to unlock the future of public transport through the heart of Brisbane.

Treasurer Tim Nicholls says the draft reference design is now open for public feedback and includes a new location for the George Street station and minor adjustments to the alignment.

Transport Minister Scott Emerson says the project is generating a lot of interest from industry and the community.

 "I’m excited by the level of interest in this project with more than 1000 people suggesting a name and 250 construction and finance industry representatives attending the first industry briefing," he says.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk says the release of the Draft Reference Design was a critical step in the planning process for the BaT Tunnel.

"With the release of draft Reference Designs we are one step closer to delivering this world-class public transport project for Brisbane," he says.

"Brisbane residents will have the opportunity to view the Draft Reference Designs and provide feedback to be considered in the development of the Final Reference Design."

The Final Reference Design and Environmental Impact Statement are expected to be available for public comment later this year.

Six community information sessions would take place from March 27 to April 9 in and around Brisbane.

The project is due to be completed in 2020 and operational in 2021.

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