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Western Brisbane Transport Network Strategy Projects

Map of the projects outlined in the Western Brisbane Transport Natwork Strategy

Project 1: Herston to Kedron
Northern Busway (SEQIPP)

What is it?

This project is the committed Northern Busway, which connects the Inner Northern Busway at the Royal Children's Hospital in Herston to Kedron. The bus-only corridor generally follows Lutwyche Road and is expected to almost halve the existing average bus travel time.

How does it fit into the network strategy?

The Northern Busway is a South East Queensland Infrastructure Plan and Program (SEQIPP) committed project, which would:

  • provide fast and frequent bus services between Kedron and the central business district and connect through to the South East and Eastern Busways
  • reduce demand for car travel on Bowen Bridge, Lutwyche and Gympie Roads and neighbouring streets.

The three-kilometre section of the Northern Busway between Windsor and Kedron is being constructed concurrently with Airport Link (refer to Project 6: Clem Jones Tunnel to Gateway Motorway).

Project 2: Kenmore to central business district
Western Bus Corridor staged bus lanes + Western Veloway

What is it?

The staged Western Bus Corridor will be a high-quality bus priority route linking Kenmore, Mt Ommaney and the outer western suburbs directly to the Inner Northern Busway and through to the central business district. The Western Veloway is a high-quality cycleway that will link Kenmore and the outer western suburbs to the Bicentennial Bikeway along Coronation Drive and through to the central business district.

How does it fit into the network strategy?

The Kenmore to central business district project would:

  • link the outer western suburbs of Kenmore, Mt Ommaney, Jindalee and neighbouring areas to the key activity centres of Indooroopilly, Toowong and the central business district by bus and cycle
  • significantly improve the frequency and reliability of bus services along Moggill Road and Coronation Drive
  • enable improved interchanging with the Ipswich rail line at Indooroopilly and Toowong for fast and seamless public transport trips
  • create a direct and continuous cycle route from Kenmore to Indooroopilly, Toowong and through to the central business district
  • connect with the Western Ring Veloway (refer Project 14: Toowong to Everton Park) and the Uni Link Veloway (refer Project 16: Indooroopilly to Dutton Park)
  • link the western suburbs with key activity centres, the University of Queensland in St Lucia and the Bicentennial Bikeway
  • cater for cyclists by providing a safe and high-capacity facility for future growth in demand.

This project is closely linked to Brisbane City Council's proposed Northern Link tunnel (refer Project 7: Toowong to Kelvin Grove). This tunnel would reduce traffic along Moggill Road and Coronation Drive, providing the opportunity to give priority to buses and active transport within this corridor.

Project 3: Darra to Indooroopilly
Centenary Motorway transit lanes (SEQIPP)

What is it?

This project will involve the provision of bus priority or transit lanes from the western suburbs to Indooroopilly along the Centenary Motorway.

The Centenary Motorway Planning Study is currently investigating the possibility of constructing extra lanes on the Centenary Motorway from the Ipswich Motorway to the Toowong roundabout including provisions for transit lanes between the Ipswich Motorway and the Moggill Road interchange and Indooroopilly (refer to Project 17: Darra to Toowong).

How does it fit into the network strategy?

The provision of transit lanes on Centenary Motorway (Darra to Indooroopilly) is a South East Queensland Infrastructure Plan and Program (SEQIPP) committed project, which would:

  • significantly improve the frequency and reliability of bus services and transit vehicles along the Centenary Motorway
  • provide additional capacity to cater for the rise in demand along the Centenary Motorway from the growth in the Western Corridor including Ipswich
  • connect with the Western Bus Corridor (refer Project 2: Kenmore to central business district), which links to the Inner Northern Busway and through to the central business district
  • improve the safety and reliability of the Centenary Motorway through improved traffic flow.

Project 4: Kedron to Aspley
Northern Busway – staged upgrade + Northern Veloway Section 2

What is it?

This project would extend the Northern Busway, currently committed to Kedron, along Gympie Road to Aspley. Initially, bus lanes could be constructed from the end of the busway at Kedron within the Gympie Road corridor and then be progressively upgraded to busway standard.

The Northern Veloway (Section 2) would provide a high-quality cycleway that would link the northern suburbs via a direct route along Gympie Road from Aspley to the Kedron Brook cycleway. When combined with the Northern Veloway (Section 1), this project would provide a high-quality cycleway through to the central business district (refer Project 5: Kedron to central business district).

How does it fit into the network strategy?

This project would:

  • increase public transport capacity along Gympie Road and significantly reduce car dependency with increased frequency and reliability of bus services
  • support transit oriented development at key activity centres and urban regeneration along Gympie Road
  • in conjunction with the Northern Veloway (Section 1), form part of a high-quality, direct cycle route from the northern suburbs through to the central business district
  • connect with the Stafford Road Veloway (refer Project 8: Everton Park to Kedron)
    create a major north-south cycle route
  • cater for all levels of cyclists providing a safe and high-capacity facility for future growth in demand.

The project would be closely linked to a future North West Motorway (refer Project 11: North West Transport Corridor) and Stafford Road Tunnel (refer Project 8: Everton Park to Kedron).

The latter two projects would reduce traffic along Gympie Road, providing the opportunity to construct the Northern Busway largely within the existing road corridor. This would result in much cheaper busway construction and less impact on the local community.

Project 5: Kedron to central business district
Northern Veloway – Section 1

What is it?

The Northern Veloway (Section 1) is a high-quality cycleway providing a direct and continuous route from the Kedron Brook cycleway through to the central business district. 

The Northern Veloway (Section 2) then extends to the northern suburbs via Gympie Road (refer Project 4: Kedron to Aspley).

How does it fit into the network strategy?

The Northern Veloway (Section 1):

  • in conjunction with the Northern Veloway (Section 2), would form a major north-south cycle route from the northern suburbs to the central business district
  • could connect with the Stafford Road Veloway (refer Project 8: Everton Park to Kedron) and Albert Street Garden Axis Veloway (refer Project 15: Brisbane central business district)
  • would link the northern suburbs and Bowen Hills with the Victoria Park bikeway through to Roma Street and the central business district
  • would cater for all levels of cyclists providing a safe and high-capacity facility for future growth in demand.

Project 6: Clem Jones Tunnel to Gateway Motorway
Airport Link (SEQIPP)

What is it?

Airport Link will connect the Clem Jones Tunnel, Inner City Bypass and local road network at Bowen Hills to the northern arterials of Gympie Road and Stafford Road at Kedron, and Sandgate Road and the East-West Arterial in the city's north-east. The project also includes an upgrade of the East-West Arterial Gateway Motorway interchange.

How does it fit into the network strategy?

Airport Link is a South East Queensland Infrastructure Plan and Program (SEQIPP) committed project which will:

  • provide motorway standard access to the Australia TradeCoast including the Airport
  • enable motorists to bypass up to 16 sets of traffic lights
  • provide opportunities for urban regeneration in the inner northern suburbs currently affected by traffic congestion.

Airport Link is being constructed concurrently with the section of the Northern Busway between Windsor and Kedron (refer Project 1: Herston to Kedron).

Project 7: Toowong to Kelvin Grove
TransApex Northern Link tunnel

What is it?

Northern Link forms part of Brisbane City Council’s TransApex plan and is proposed as a tolled four-lane, urban motorway tunnel between the Centenary Motorway at Toowong and Inner City Bypass at Kelvin Grove for exclusive use for freight and private vehicles.

How does it fit into the network strategy?

Northern Link would:

  • significantly reduce congestion at the Toowong Roundabout
  • significantly reduce traffic on Milton Road, Moggill Road and Coronation Drive and free up the existing road space, allowing bus and active transport priority along those corridors (refer Project 2: Kenmore to central business district)
  • provide a continuous motorway link from the Ipswich and Gateway Motorways via the Centenary Motorway, Northern Link, Inner City Bypass, and Airport Link
  • provide an alternative route for long distance trips, including freight
  • provide an alternative route to allow greater management of congestion caused by incidents on other parts of the network.

Project 8: Everton Park to Kedron
Stafford Road transit lanes + Stafford Road Veloway

What is it?

This project involves the provision of transit lanes on Stafford Road between Everton Park and Kedron. It would also include the Stafford Road Veloway, which would be a high quality cycleway that would provide a direct east-west route along Stafford Road, between Everton Park and Kedron.

How does it fit into the network strategy?

This project would:

This project would be linked to the proposed Stafford Road tunnel (refer Project 18: Everton Park to Kedron), which would provide greater opportunities for public transport, walking, cycling and urban regeneration by freeing up existing road space.

Project 9: Kelvin Grove to Ashgrove
Musgrave/Waterworks Road bus lanes + The Gap access Veloway

What is it?

This project would provide a high-quality bus priority route along Waterworks Road and Musgrave Road from the existing transit lanes to the Inner Northern Busway and through to the central business district.

It would also include The Gap Access Veloway, a high-quality cycleway providing a direct connection along Musgrave Road and Waterworks Road linking the western suburbs with the central business district via the Albert Street Garden Axis Veloway (refer Project 15: Brisbane central business district).

How does it fit into the network strategy?

This project would:

  • provide a reliable public transport route to the central business district from The Gap, Ashgrove and other surrounding inner western suburbs
  • reduce demand for car travel along Musgrave Road and Waterworks Road
  • provide a direct dedicated link for commuters to the central business district
  • connect with the North Western Veloway (refer Project 10: Kelvin Grove to Everton Park) and Western Ring Veloway (refer Project 14: Toowong to Everton Park)
  • cater for all levels of cyclists providing a safe and high-capacity facility for future growth in demand.

Project 10: Kelvin Grove to Everton Park
Kelvin Grove/Enoggera Road bus lanes + North Western Veloway – Section 1

What is it?

This project would involve the provision of a high-quality bus priority route along Kelvin Grove Road and Enoggera Road from Everton Park to the Inner Northern Busway and through to the central business district.

The North Western Veloway (Section 1) would be a high-quality cycleway providing a direct and continuous route linking Everton Park to Kelvin Grove and the Kedron Brook cycleway. 

The North Western Veloway (Section 2) would link to the outer north-western suburbs along the preserved North West Transport Corridor to Carseldine (refer Project 11: North West Transport Corridor).

How does it fit into the network strategy?

This project would:

  • provide a reliable public transport link connecting the north-western suburbs through to the central business district
  • complement the Ferny Grove rail line by providing additional public transport capacity in the inner north-western suburbs
  • connect bus services with the north-west bus lanes (refer Project 11: North West Transport Corridor) and bus priority along Stafford Road (refer Project 8: Everton Park to Kedron)
  • reduce car travel demand on Kelvin Grove Road and Enoggera Road
  • form a dedicated cycle route from the outer north-western suburbs to the inner suburbs and through to the central business district via connections with the Western Veloway (refer Project 2: Kenmore to central business district) and Albert Street Garden Axis Veloway (refer Project 15: Brisbane central business district)
  • link to Kedron Brook cycleway and provide direct connectivity with Victoria Park bikeway and the Royal Brisbane Hospital
  • cater for all user groups providing a safe and high-capacity facility for future growth in demand.

Project 11: North West Transport Corridor (part of a future North South Motorway)
North West Motorway + North West bus lanes + North Western Veloway - Section 2

What is it?

This multi-modal project would utilise the North West Transport Corridor, a corridor preserved for transport purposes since the early 1980s. It runs from South Pine Road and Shand Street at Everton Park and continues north across Stafford Road joining Gympie Road at Carseldine.

A proposed North West Motorway would run along the preserved North West Transport Corridor connecting into the Stafford Road Tunnel (Project 8: Everton Park to Kedron) and Inner Orbital tunnel (Project 13: Toowong to Everton Park). It would form the northern section of a future North South Motorway, which would link the Ipswich Motorway at Darra to Gympie Arterial Road and the Bruce Highway.

A proposed North West Motorway would allow greater public transport and active transport opportunities by providing bus priority (North West bus lanes) and a high quality cycleway (North Western Veloway - Section 2) along the corridor. In combination with the North Western Veloway (Section 1) this project would provide a direct cycleway from Carseldine to the central business district (refer Project 10: Kelvin Grove to Everton Park).

How does it fit into the network strategy?

Catering for cars, bus, walking, cycling and freight, this multi-modal project would:

  • form part of a future North South Motorway in conjunction with the proposed Inner Orbital tunnel (refer Project 13: Toowong to Everton Park) and upgraded Centenary Motorway (refer Project 17: Darra to Toowong)
  • reduce traffic volumes on Gympie Road and allow the construction of the Northern Busway within the existing road corridor (refer Project 4: Kedron to Aspley) with less impact and lower cost
  • function as an alternative transport link between the Bruce Highway and Stafford Road with the opportunity to link to the Australia TradeCoast via the Stafford Road tunnel (refer Project 18: Everton Park to Kedron) providing an alternative to the Gateway Motorway
  • provide relief to local arterial roads such as Old Northern Road and Webster Road
  • connect to the bus lanes on Kelvin Grove Road and Enoggera Road (refer Project 10: Kelvin Grove to Everton Park) and provide a reliable high quality bus facility from the outer north-western suburbs through to the central business district
  • connect with the Stafford Road bus priority lanes (refer Project 8: Everton Park to Kedron)
  • promote transit oriented development at key activity centres
  • connect with the Kedron Brook cycleway and Stafford Road Veloway (refer Project 8: Everton Park to Kedron) creating a connected and continuous cycle network
  • cater for all levels of cyclists providing a safe and high capacity facility for future growth in demand.

Further information

North West Transport Corridor statistics:

  • identified in 1960s
  • preserved in early 1980s
  • length: 9km
  • width: minimum of about 60m (wider in sections).

For more information on preserved transport corridors, including maps and corridor history, go to the Preserved Transport Corridor web page.

Project 12: St Lucia to West End
Uni River Link

What is it?

The Uni River Link would be a high-quality pedestrian and cycle bridge providing an important connection from St Lucia to the central business district and beyond via West End and South Bank.

How does it fit into the network strategy?

The Uni River Link would:

  • provide a safe and direct walking and cycling route between St Lucia and West End and potentially connect to the Indooroopilly to Dutton Park Veloway (refer Project 16: Indooroopilly to Dutton Park)
  • increase accessibility in the inner western suburbs by providing  more opportunities to cross the Brisbane River
  • improve and increase access to the University of Queensland in St Lucia and the public transport network
  • provide a more direct link to the University of Queensland from the central business district via West End.

Project 13: Toowong to Everton Park (part of a future North South Motorway)
Inner Orbital tunnel

What is it?

The Inner Orbital tunnel is a proposed urban motorway tunnel from the Centenary Motorway at Toowong, connecting to the preserved North West Transport Corridor and Stafford Road at Everton Park. 

How does it fit into the network strategy?

The Inner Orbital would:

Project 14: Toowong to Everton Park
Western Ring Veloway

What is it?

The Western Ring Veloway would be a high-quality cycleway providing a major direct north-south route between Toowong and Everton Park.

How does it fit into the network strategy?

The Western Ring Veloway would:

Project 15: Brisbane central business district
Albert Street Garden Axis Veloway

What is it?

The Albert Street Garden Axis Veloway would be a high-quality cycleway providing a major connection from the Victoria Park bikeway to the Goodwill Bridge via the Roma Street Parklands, King George Square, Albert Street and the Botanical Gardens.

How does it fit into the network strategy?

The Albert Street Garden Axis Veloway would:

Project 16: Indooroopilly to Dutton Park
Uni Link Veloway

What is it?

The Uni Link Veloway would be a high-quality cycleway from Indooroopilly, passing through or around the University of Queensland at St Lucia and linking Dutton Park via the Eleanor Schonell Bridge.

How does it fit into the network strategy?

The Uni Link Veloway would:

  • link the key activity centre of Indooroopilly with the University of Queensland at St Lucia and through to Dutton Park including the Princess Alexandra Hospital
  • improve access to the University of Queensland at St Lucia and the public transport network
  • link the University of Queensland with the central business district via the Uni River Link (refer Project 12: St Lucia to West End).

Project 17: Darra to Toowong
Centenary/Western Motorway upgrade

What is it?

The staged upgrade of the Centenary Motorway involves widening of the corridor for extra general purpose lanes and/or transit lanes.

The Centenary Motorway Planning Study is investigating the possibility of constructing extra lanes on the Centenary Motorway from the Ipswich Motorway to the Toowong roundabout including provisions for transit lanes between the Ipswich Motorway and the Moggill Road interchange at Indooroopilly.

How does it fit into the network strategy?

The upgraded Centenary Motorway would:

  • complete a future North South Motorway in conjunction with the proposed North West Motorway (refer Project 11: North West Transport Corridor) and Inner Orbital tunnel (refer Project 13: Toowong to Everton Park)
  • in conjunction with Airport Link (refer Project 6: Clem Jones to Gateway Motorway) and Northern Link (refer Project 7: Toowong to Kelvin Grove), form an early motorway-standard connection from the west to the Gateway Motorway and the Australia TradeCoast including the Brisbane Airport
  • increase the capacity of the motorway to support the demand from the Western Corridor including Ipswich
  • improve the safety and reliability of the motorway through improved traffic flow.

Project 18: Everton Park to Kedron
Stafford Road Tunnel

What is it?

This project would involve the provision of an urban motorway tunnel under Stafford Road to connect the proposed North West Transport Corridor and Inner Orbital with Airport Link.

How does it fit into the network strategy?

The Stafford Road tunnel would:

Rail

What is it?

The Western Brisbane Transport Network Strategy aims to transform Brisbane's suburban rail service into a modern, high-capacity, 'turn-up-and-go' system, delivering more frequent and reliable passenger services.

The strategy would provide a number of short-term benefits including more peak services and regular timetables to increase passenger carrying capacity.

In the long-term, the strategy would mean more frequent trains and faster alighting and boarding at stations, with the potential to significantly increase the existing passenger capacity of the rail network, creating a world class travel experience.

How does it fit into the network strategy?

The strategy's vision for rail would:

  • provide a high frequency and reliable passenger rail service
  • enhance the use of existing rail infrastructure
  • form the backbone of the transport network
  • provide new, state of the art trains
  • integrate rail, bus, walk and cycle facilities across the network
  • create easier, more attractive transfers between car, bus and rail
  • operate 'no timetable' services
  • provide opportunities for sustainable urban development.

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Last updated
13 November 2017