Arup to design visionary new Brisbane Metro

Trish Sunga Trish Sunga Australasia Press Office,Sydney
3 June 2020

Arup will take the lead role in designing the new Brisbane Metro project, a ‘turn up and go’ rapid transit system that will transform public transport across the City.

The consortium Brisbane Move (Arup and ACCIONA) was announced today as Preferred Tenderer for the 21km high frequency electric bus network.

Brisbane City Council said the Metro project will assist in the COVID-19 economic recovery.

Arup is extremely proud to help create a sustainable, city-shaping project that will provide greater movement, greater growth and create more jobs and investment opportunities for Brisbane. ”

Beth Woods Queensland Region Leader

The Metro will use 60 trackless electric vehicles, each with a capacity of 150 passengers. There will be two routes, 18 stations, including 11 interchange stations connecting with suburban bus and train services. It is expected to commence operations in 2023.

Brisbane City Council says the project benefits include faster journey times for passengers, comfortable regular services, easy interchange and reduced congestion in the city with a better planned network. 

The project, which is co-funded by Brisbane City Council and the Australian Government, also includes delivering on the Adelaide Street Vision, a new tunnel under Adelaide Street that will minimise the impact on businesses, pedestrians, public transport users and trees, a new active transport connection at North Quay and an upgrade of Brisbane’s Cultural Precinct.

The new Brisbane Metro will be a 21km high frequency electric bus network The new Brisbane Metro will be a 21km high frequency electric bus network
Victoria Bridge will become a ‘green’ bridge allowing for buses, pedestrians and cyclists only.

The work will see traffic removed from Victoria Bridge converting it into a ‘green’ bridge exclusively for buses, pedestrians and cyclists. This will see Victoria Bridge reduced to three lanes for bus and Metro services, providing a bi-directional bikeway and improved pedestrian path widths.

Brisbane Move will work with Brisbane City Council to deliver a shade solution across Victoria Bridge. The consortium is also committed to working with Bicycle User Groups to get the best cycling design outcomes on Melbourne Street.

Major South East Queensland transport projects for Arup include the Moreton Bay Rail Link, Melbourne Metro, Gold Coast Light Rail, Cross River Rail and Inland Rail.