As part of the colossal $944 million Brisbane Metro masterplan, Victoria Bridge will be redeveloped to provide space for improved cycling and pedestrian pathways that provide access into the CBD.
The new design for Victoria Bridge will reconfigure the number of metro and bus lanes from four to three, and includes the dedicated off-road cyclist and pedestrian path. The design to accommodate Brisbane's major Metro project, and Brisbane City Council’s largest public transport project, will follow public consultation.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk says construction of Brisbane Metro is fully funded, with a $300 million investment from the federal government, and construction set to start next year. “The removal of general traffic from Victoria Bridge and the conversion into a ‘green’ bridge was always proposed as part of Brisbane Metro and feedback from the community supports this approach,” the Lord Mayor said.
The goal for the Brisbane Metro is to get passengers home up to 50 percent faster on a high-frequency service, and reduce bus congestion in inner-city streets. Council is currently evaluating expressions of interest from five consortia to build the inner-city infrastructure for the Metro before releasing a short-list to commence the tender proposal phase later this year.
The Brisbane Metro’s underground station at South Brisbane’s Cultural Centre will cost $315 million, about a third of the metro’s $944 million budget.
Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner said community feedback would continue to play a role in the major project with further community consultation in South Brisbane, West End and the CBD, encouraging residents and businesses to have their say on the transport project. “Brisbane Metro will reduce the number of buses entering the CBD and make the entire bus network operate more efficiently – that means more bus services in the suburbs.”