Wednesday, 20 November 2013

QLD - A TRAIN and bus tunnel will be built under the Brisbane River as the Newman government's cut-price alternative to the defunct Cross River Rail project.

Transport across the Brisbane River to go underground

Brisbane Underground
An artist's impression of the dual-level Brisbane Underground, which will transport buses and trains through a 5.4km tunnel to link Dutton Park and Bowen Hills. Source: Supplied
A TRAIN and bus tunnel will be built under the Brisbane River as the Newman government's cut-price alternative to the defunct Cross River Rail project.
The $5 billion Brisbane underground will link Dutton Park and Bowen Hills by a 5.4-kilometre tunnel by 2021.
New stations will be built at Woolloongabba, to service sports fans, and Roma Street and George Street in the city, to service the new government precinct and the university.
The world's biggest boring machine will dig a 15-metre-wide tunnel to fit two train lines in the lower section and two bus lanes in the upper section.
The project aims to double the city's train capacity across the river to 48 an hour, remove 200 buses off-inner city streets and get people to work from Beenleigh to the city 14 minutes faster.
Premier Campbell Newman says the project is $3 billion cheaper than Labor's doomed Cross River Rail project and the council's Suburbs to City bus link.
Savings were made by boring one tunnel instead of two, taking an inner-city route that is easier to dig, and dumping plans for a Dutton Park station, which required the resumption of 108 properties.
The need for more trains across the river was flagged as far back as 2005, when the former Labor government was warned the Merivale Bridge would hit capacity in 2016.
Projects failed to get up, but Premier Campbell Newman insists his government will follow through.
"I hope I can convey how excited I am," he said.
"There's been too much conversation in the past."
When asked if the state could afford the project, Mr Newman gladly deferred to his treasurer.
Tim Nicholls said Projects Queensland will turn to the private sector to help build the project.
Direct funding from the Commonwealth isn't expected, but it could be offering private investors a government guarantee to reduce risk.
Infrastructure bonds could also be issued, Mr Nicholls said.
"I'm confident that the finance can be found," he said.
"We wouldn't be doing anything to imperil the state's credit rating.
"There is an appetite in the market for helping government deliver these sorts of projects."
AAP
- See more at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/transport-across-the-brisbane-river-to-go-underground/story-e6frg6nf-1226761967444#sthash.CgIkBTOx.dpufTransport across the Brisbane River to go underground

  • QLD - A TRAIN and bus tunnel will be built under the Brisbane River as the Newman government's cut-price alternative to the defunct Cross River Rail project.

An artist's impression of the dual-level Brisbane Underground, which will transport buses and trains through a 5.4km tunnel to link Dutton Park and Bowen Hills. Source: Supplied
A TRAIN and bus tunnel will be built under the Brisbane River as the Newman government's cut-price alternative to the defunct Cross River Rail project.
The $5 billion Brisbane underground will link Dutton Park and Bowen Hills by a 5.4-kilometre tunnel by 2021.
New stations will be built at Woolloongabba, to service sports fans, and Roma Street and George Street in the city, to service the new government precinct and the university.
The world's biggest boring machine will dig a 15-metre-wide tunnel to fit two train lines in the lower section and two bus lanes in the upper section.
The project aims to double the city's train capacity across the river to 48 an hour, remove 200 buses off-inner city streets and get people to work from Beenleigh to the city 14 minutes faster.
Premier Campbell Newman says the project is $3 billion cheaper than Labor's doomed Cross River Rail project and the council's Suburbs to City bus link.
Savings were made by boring one tunnel instead of two, taking an inner-city route that is easier to dig, and dumping plans for a Dutton Park station, which required the resumption of 108 properties.
The need for more trains across the river was flagged as far back as 2005, when the former Labor government was warned the Merivale Bridge would hit capacity in 2016.
Projects failed to get up, but Premier Campbell Newman insists his government will follow through.
"I hope I can convey how excited I am," he said.
"There's been too much conversation in the past."
When asked if the state could afford the project, Mr Newman gladly deferred to his treasurer.
Tim Nicholls said Projects Queensland will turn to the private sector to help build the project.
Direct funding from the Commonwealth isn't expected, but it could be offering private investors a government guarantee to reduce risk.
Infrastructure bonds could also be issued, Mr Nicholls said.
"I'm confident that the finance can be found," he said.
"We wouldn't be doing anything to imperil the state's credit rating.
"There is an appetite in the market for helping government deliver these sorts of projects."
AAP
  • AAP
  • November 17, 2013 2:42PM
- See more at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/transport-across-the-brisbane-river-to-go-underground/story-e6frg6nf-1226761967444#sthash.CgIkBTOx.dpuf