Master plan for Brisbane Airport

By: Amie Hickland

The 2014 Master Plan for Brisbane Airport includes a focus to increase public transport usage

Public transport is one of the focuses of Brisbane Airport in the next 20 years as part of the long-term Master Plan.

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILTA) and Brisbane Airport Corporation held a joint forum on the Brisbane Airport 2014 Master Plan recently.

About 35 delegates representing different modes of the transport industry attended the briefing.

Brisbane Airport’s New Parallel Runway Project Director Paul Coughlin and Aeronautical Capacity Manager Helen Clarke were key speakers at the session.

Coughlin explained the status of the runway project, while Clarke spoke about the thinking behind the plan which includes the 2014 Ground Transport Plan.

The transport plan shows existing and future transport trends.

Statistics presented by Clarke show bus usage to get to the airport at 1.2 per cent in 2014, increasing to 1.5 per cent in 2019 and 5.2 per cent in 2034.

Airtrain usage for the same period increases from 4.2 per cent to 5.7 per cent before increasing to 8.2 per cent in 2034.

Private vehicle usage is set to drop to 73.4 per cent in 2034 from 91 per cent this year.

"The long-term plan is to have that mass transport system operating in Brisbane Airport," says Clarke.

"There are a number of projects we’ll be implementing… to realise those objectives."

The long-term plan also includes a public transport interchange at the airport.

"We are looking to increase the percentage of public transport usage but that will take time."

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