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South East Queensland's busways are part of the region's bus priority network. They help to keep our buses on time and make bus travel more attractive. 

Busways generally refer to dedicated corridors that separate buses from general traffic, however they can include some sections of transitway-style infrastructure (bus lane and on-road priority) or mixed traffic.

By separating buses from general traffic, busways allow for fast, frequent and reliable public transport. They also encourage people to travel by bus and help ease traffic congestion.


Brisbane city: south-east, eastern, inner northern and northern busways.


Improves travel-time reliability, safety and efficiency for commuters travelling by bus.

Metropolitan Region

Project info

South East Busway

The South East Busway was the first of a series of busway networks to be developed in South East Queensland. 

The first section opened in September 2000 between the CBD and Woolloongabba to coincide with 2000 Olympic Games Football events held at the Gabba. The second section between Woolloongabba and Eight Mile Plains opened in April 2001.

The South East Busway extension at Eight Mile Plains, under the Gateway Motorway, was completed mid-2014. 

Eastern Busway

The $366 million section from the Eleanor Schonell Bridge at Dutton Park to the South East Busway at Buranda opened in August 2009. The busway included 2 new stations at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and Boggo Road, a bus stop at Dutton Park and Australia’s longest busway tunnel (640m).

The Buranda to Main Avenue at Coorparoo section of the Eastern Busway opened in August 2011 and included an extra 1.05km of dedicated busway corridor. This $465 million section included 2 new busway stations, Stones Corner and Langlands Park, and saves commuters up to 8 minutes on bus trips into the city. 

The Queensland Government document, ShapingSEQ: South East Queensland Regional Plan 2017, recognises the future need for the Eastern Busway. The ultimate Eastern Busway corridor between Main Avenue Coorparoo and Capalaba, is being preserved by the government, with further busway stages and business cases subject to funding and government priorities. 

Eastern Transitway

In recognition of the importance of public transport upgrades along Old Cleveland Road, the Queensland Government is investing $22 million in the delivery of a bus priority transitway along Old Cleveland Road (Eastern Transitway project) from Main Avenue Coorparoo to Carindale. This cost-effective solution will improve bus reliability along Old Cleveland Road, between Coorparoo to Carindale, and aims to extend the benefits of the existing sections of the Eastern Busway.

Targeted bus priority measures will improve bus service reliability and travel times in peak periods and will help manage traffic congestion along the corridor. These measures will not reduce the number of general traffic lanes.

Find out more on the Eastern Transitway project.

While the Eastern Busway remains a long-term commitment, there is no current funding to deliver the busway between Coorparoo and Capalaba. Future funding is allocated in accordance with statewide priorities and is reviewed annually.

Inner Northern Busway

The Inner Northern Busway links the Brisbane CBD to Herston, with stations at King George Square, Roma Street, Normanby and the Kelvin Grove campus of the Queensland University of Technology. The $493 million busway was completed in May 2008.

Northern Busway

The Northern Busway connects to the Inner Northern Busway at Herston. An additional 1.2km of busway connecting Herston and Windsor was completed in August 2009. This $198 million project included a new busway station at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital at Herston.

A further 3km of busway between Windsor and Kedron opened in June 2012. This section of the busway was delivered along with AirportLink and includes 2 new busway stations at Lutwyche and Kedron and bus stops at Truro Street.

Planning and timing for the Northern Busway corridor, between Herston and Windsor and Kedron and Bracken Ridge, is consistently reviewed against network performance and funding availability.

Northern Transitway

In recognition of the importance of public transport upgrades to Brisbane’s northern public transport network, the Queensland Government is investing $53 million in the Northern Transitway. This cost-effective solution will improve bus travel times and reliability along Gympie Road between Kedron to Chermside. 

The project will deliver targeted bus priority measures along a 2.3km section of Gympie Road from Sadlier Street, Kedron to Hamilton Road, Chermside. Improving bus service reliability and travel times, it will help manage congestion by separating buses from general traffic. The Northern Transitway will not reduce the number of general traffic lanes.

Find out more on the Northern Transitway project.

Contact details

Phone: 3066 4338
Post: Department of Transport and Main Roads
Metropolitan Region
PO Box 70
Spring Hill Qld 4004
Last updated
09 July 2020