BaT project Environmental Impact Statement released

The impact on the environment with Queensland’s BaT project has been investigated and released

BaT project Environmental Impact Statement released
A conceptual image of the Woolloongabba station

The Environmental Impact Statement for Queensland’s BaT project has been released with public able to make submissions on the project until October.

The 5.4-kilometre north-south tunnel will include new underground stations at Woolloongabba, George Street and Roma Street.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk says the project will provide a key link for buses using the new Legacy Way tunnel via a connection near Victoria Park.

"This project is a great example of different levels of government working together to address the city’s public transport capacity issues," he says.

"It will double the capacity of the rail and bus networks, take pressure off existing infrastructure and make way for future growth."

Premier Campbell Newman says the BaT project is an important piece of infrastructure which will ensure mums and dads spent less time travelling and more time with their kids.

"We want the people who are travelling on this vital link every day to have the final say and be proud of the project they helped create," he says.

"We have made changes to the project’s planning and design based on previous community feedback and this is reflected in the current design including keeping Dutton Park Station and Victoria Park open.

"We are on track to deliver this city-defining project as part of our strong plan for better infrastructure and better planning."

Public can provide feedback on the latest reference design over the next six weeks following the release by the Coordinator-General of the Environmental Impact Statement.

The Environmental Impact Statement and Reference Design will be available for a six-week display period.

Six community information sessions will be held at locations within the study corridor.

Submissions about the Environmental Impact Statement can be made to the Coordinator-General, and can be made online or in writing until 5pm on October 13.

The Coordinator-General will review the submissions on the Environmental Impact Statement and other information, and determine whether further information is required, prior to making a decision on the project.

 Major construction is scheduled to start in 2016 with completion due in 2020.

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