Progress Continues for Brisbane Metro as New Depot Selected in Rochedale

Photo credit: Brisbane City Council

The Brisbane Metro project moves ahead as Brisbane City Council selected the target site for the metro depot in Rochedale.

The site lies on a 45,000-square-metre lot along School Road in Rochedale. Once built, the depot will be able to accommodate some 60 metro vehicles. Each vehicle can carry a maximum of 150 people.

The council chose the site because it is adjacent to the Eight Mile Plains busway station, where the Metro will start.

Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner gave the public a view of the site chosen to be the new depot for Eight Mile Plains.

The 21-km Brisbane Metro project involves two lines. The Metro 1 line will commence at the Eight Mile Plains station and will link to Brisbane CBD. The line will pass through stations at Upper Mount Gravatt, Griffith University, Holland Park, Greenslopes, Buranda, Woolloongabba and South Bank.

Metro 2 will run from Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital to University of Queensland Lakes. The two lines will be interlinked at stations at Roma Street, King George Square, Cultural Centre, South Bank and Mater Hill.

Photo credit: Brisbane City Council

Keeping Cars Off the Road

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk believes that the project will help significantly improve travel times and reduce road congestion. He sees the project as the right solution to the growing need for more efficient public transport services. Ultimately, Brisbane Metro would encourage commuters to use mass transit and keep cars off the road.

The $944-million project also aims to enhance the pedestrian experience at Melbourne Street and Grey Street with a new Cultural Centre station. The council is currently looking to get hold of a 1,600-square-metre site on Grey Street for the underground station.  The Cultural Centre station is envisioned to be a green interchange for the Metro lines and the bus services.

Construction is expected to start in 2019 and should be completed in 2022.

Find out more about the project here.