Consultation continues

The private sector is again being consulted on Brisbane’s $5 billion BaT project

The private sector is again being asked for input into Brisbane’s multi-billion dollar BaT project today, after a previous meeting saw a saving of more than $15 million by reducing the tunnels length by 70 metres.

The Queensland Government will brief more than 200 industry and financial representatives on the draft reference design of the $5 billion project.

The three new stations at George St, Woolloongabba and Roma St will be the focus of the briefing with government seeking cutting-edge design and innovation.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson says the first industry briefing improved the alignment under Woolloongabba and Kangaroo Point reducing the length by 70 metres - saving more than $15 million.

"We will be looking for similar innovations when industry is briefed for the second time today on key elements including, depth of the stations and how the project will be built and operated," he says.

"By working with the private sector I believe we can deliver better infrastructure through better planning, creating more than 18,000 full-time jobs.

"The industry has shown it has its finger on the pulse and can provide valuable input into the planning process, as well as innovative ways to deliver this once-in-a generation project."

Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner says the project is on track to revolutionise public transport through the heart of the Brisbane CBD.

"This project delivers a rail and bus solution in a world-first design right here in Brisbane," he says.

"Ever since the first industry briefing last December there continues to be strong industry interest in this project."

Community information sessions are currently underway and will be held in April and the environmental impact statement is expected to open for comment later this year.

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

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