Have You Had Your Say on the Proposed New Bus Network Yet?

Council is seeking public comment on the proposed new bus network which will see future stages of Brisbane Metro extend the services to Chermside, Carindale, Springwood and the Brisbane Airport, along with other changes to the network.

Brisbane’s bus network is evolving and you are invited to have your say on this proposal.

Council has released Brisbane’s New Bus Network which will introduce two new fully electric, high-capacity Brisbane Metro lines into the network. The two new lines will connect 18 stations along dedicated busways from Eight Mile Plains to Roma Street, and Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital to The University of Queensland.

Future stages of this project will see Chermside, Brisbane Airport, Carindale and Springwood added to the serviced areas. Also as part of the changes, there will be three new routes and two routes removed (Routes 145 and P151), and 27 routes redesigned to form just 13 routes. 

The three new routes are the following:

  • Route 26 – Griffith University station to RBWH station
  • Route P109 – Acacia Ridge to City via
  • Route 182 – Upper Mt Gravatt station (Garden City) to Holland Park West via Wishart and Mansfield

These routes will be combined:

  • Route 108 will be combined with Route 105
  • Route 114 will be combined with Route 112
  • Route 117 will be combined with Route 115
  • Route 124 will be combined with Route 125
  • Route 136 will be combined with Route 132
  • Route 174 will be combined with Route 175
  • Routes 181 and 184 will be combined with Route 185
  • Route P129 will be combined with Route 131
  • Route P157 will be combined with Route 156 
  • Route P173 will be combined with Route 172
  • Route P207 will be combined with Route P217
  • Route 376 will be combined with Route 375

The new bus network will improve travel time during peak times on more than half of bus journeys, introduce 160,000 additional trips each year, increase South East Busway capacity by 30.4 million passengers per year in 2031 and free up Cultural Centre Station.

Civic Cabinet Chair for Transport Ryan Murphy said that some 385 buses are jamming up the Cultural Centre station during peak times due to the current over-reliance on direct bus journeys to the CBD. However, this is seen to improve once these routes are combined to create a simplified network and remove routes with “extremely low patronage.”

“The Schrinner Council’s public transport subsidy for Brisbane’s bus services is bigger than all the other Australian capital cities combined,” Cr Murphy said.

“Over the next few years, our investment in this subsidy will increase 84 per cent to $183 million.”

Have your say on the proposed Brisbane’s New Bus Network until 14 December 2022. Click here to answer the survey questions.

Council will finalise the network following public consultation and will seek Translink’s approval on the changes. The new network plan ahead of bus network changes and metro services will be released starting in late 2024.

Brisbane Metro to Eventually Serve Chermside, Carindale, and Springwood

Brisbane Metro could eventually be extended to Chermside, Carindale, and Springwood as part of Brisbane City Council’s integrated public transport solution to meet the city’s long-term transport requirements.

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As indicated in the Council’s plans, the new Chermside line would feed into the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital station.

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The Carindale line would feed into the Buranda metro station, whilst the Springwood line would be an extension of the Eight Mile Plains busway station.

According to Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner, the expanded Brisbane Metro would run along the Eastern Busway and Northern Busway extensions.

Dedicated bus lanes and construction of Brisbane Metro platforms are required for the extensions to be completed.

Updates on the Brisbane Metro

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The Brisbane Metro is expected to cost $944 million based on the assessments undertaken as part of the Business Case for the high-frequency public transport system.

In May 2018, the Federal Government confirmed a $300m funding commitment to Brisbane Metro in the 2018-19 Federal Budget and the Council is working closely with the State Government and Federal Government to progress detailed planning for Brisbane Metro.

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Planning for the detailed specifications for all aspects of Brisbane Metro’s construction and operation are now underway following the release of the draft Design Report in April 2018.

Subject to approvals, Council expects procurement activities for Brisbane Metro to commence in mid-2018.

Detailed design and construction of Brisbane Metro are planned to commence in 2019, with metro services expected to commence in 2023.

For more information about Brisbane Metro, you can:

  • Call the project team on 1800 692 333 during business hours
  • Call Council on 07 3403 8888 after hours
  • Email the project team at metro@brisbane.qld.gov.au
  • Write to:
    Brisbane Metro
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001