"This project was delivered in a very, very seamless way…just superb"
Dave Stewart, Director General of Queensland Transport

Inner Northern Busway

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QLD Department of Transport
ANZ ATM Brisbane Transit Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
March 2005 - April 2008
Full Architectural Services

880m² Ann St GFA

1,330m² KGS GFA

1,650m² King George Square Platform GFA

800m² Roma St Platform GFA


Significant transport infrastructure extension improving service efficiency and contributing to the urban renewal of Brisbane’s CBD.

The significant extension of Brisbane’s Inner Northern Busway (INB) provides a highly legible and efficient transport interchange within the centre of the city that also satisfies the Government’s stringent value-for-money criteria. BVN entered into a project alliance agreement with Queensland Transport, Leighton Contractors, Maunsell Australia, Coffey Geosciences and EDAW Gillespies, to design and build the vital underground section of the INB system between Queen Street and Roma Street in the CBD.

This section of the INB extends the tunnel from Queen Street bus station under the Myer Centre through King George Square car park with a portal behind Roma Street. Catering for up to 250 buses an hour in each direction, the facility is used by around 48,000 passengers daily who now have the convenience of gaining access to public transport in a pleasant and safe environment in the city centre.

The project has been judged by the client bodies to have exceeded the brief in terms of function including the ease of circulation, the provision of more bus platforms than briefed; materials and finishes of higher quality than anticipated and delivery of the project under budget and within program.

The INB is the first complete underground facility for Brisbane. With an open, light and informal indoor/outdoor blend, BVN has assisted in setting a benchmark for all future Brisbane infrastructure projects.



ANZ ATM Brisbane Transit Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia


RAIA Brisbane Urban Design Commendation
RAIA QLD Urban Design Award
PIA Australia Award for Urban Design

Brief Elements

  • Busway station in the lower levels of KGS car park (with the car park to remain operational throughout construction) with two 130m long platforms providing five inbound and five outbound stops and platform concourses
  • Busway station at the Brisbane Transit Centre integrating with intra and interstate trains and buses
  • 500m long tunnel joining to the existing Queen Street Bus Station (QSBS) and tunnel
  • Two underground bus turnarounds
  • Major alterations to the Roma Street Railway Station without impacting on rail services (remodelling of two rail platforms, one rail track removed and two rail tracks re- laid in a new dual gauge configuration)
  • Major public utility provider and traffic interface work to enable crossings across major CBD streets such as Ann Street, Turbot Street and Adelaide Streets
  • Early delivery of the Caxton-Roma Pedestrian Link – a pedestrian bridge forming part of the government’s ongoing Suncorp Stadium development
  • Early delivery of a section of KGS surface works, initially designated as future Brisbane City Council (BCC) works
  • Cycle Centre within the KGS Busway Station envelope
  • Transport Information Centre for BCC and the Queensland government
  • Laying 500m of a pipe under the foundations of the busway for Brisbane’s future recycled water network


  • Major expansion of infrastructure without significant disruption to existing services and within limited budget
  • Alliance model of delivery provided innovative solutions
  • Community benefits include renewal of public spaces and provision of major CBD cycle centre
  • Scheme developed by alliance reduces inner city traffic congestion, improves consistency and reliability of services, streamlines bus connections between the CBD and suburbs, reduces travel times between Queen St Bus Station and Upper Roma St. by up to nine minutes in regular traffic and up to 20 minutes in traffic, increases capacity for future expansions to bus services
  • Project delivered under budget and six months ahead of schedule over a three year period
  • First project in Brisbane to fully integrate transport services by placing a cycle centre (end of trip facility) within a busway station and a busway station within a rail station, integrating with intra and interstate trains and buses


Acoustic, Lighting, Mechanical, Communication, Electrical
Building Surveyor
Cost Planner, Programming Consultant
Queensland Government
MRP Consulting
Robert Riddell, Thom Blake
INB Hub Alliance
Client, Builder, Construction Manager, Project Manager