Beattie Flags New Tunnel Bus Link
The Courier Mail
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(2005) 'Beattie flags new tunnel bus link' The Courier Mail 26 March p. 4

A busway station will be built on what is now the lower levels of Brisbane’s King George Square car park as part of a new underground bus link from Roma St to Queen St.

Premier Peter Beattie has announced that Leighton Contractors and their associates Maunsells, Coffey, and Bligh Voller Nield had been chosen to build the link which is expected to open by Christmas 2007.

It will complete the city’s Inner Northern Busyway and involves building a tunnel from Roma St under King George Square and under Albert St to the existing Queen St bus station.

“The preliminary cost estimate for the project is $140 million, but this could change because the exact scope is still being discussed by the State Government and the Brisbane City Council,” Mr Beattie said.

With the link in place, buses will travel virtually unhindered from the Queen St bus station, through the new tunnel and underneath King George Square to Roma St and onwards to the dedicated 2.8km busway link from Roma St to Gilchrist Ave at Herston.

Mr Beattie said travel times were expected to be cut by nine minutes on congested days.

The State Government floated the idea of the bus tunnel several years ago, however it remained on the back burner until Lord Mayor Campbell Newman said the council was prepared to forgo revenue it would otherwise have collected from the parking floors.