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    Minister for Transport and Main Roads
    The Honourable Scott Emerson

    Underground’s Legacy connection

    Minister for Transport and Main Roads
    The Honourable Scott Emerson

    Tuesday, November 19, 2013

    Underground’s Legacy connection

    Brisbane’s newest tunnel will link up with Brisbane’s future tunnel under a Newman Government plan to integrate public transport across south east Queensland.

    Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said buses from the Underground Bus and Train project would connect with Legacy Way, delivering on the election promise of better infrastructure and planning.

    “This is a great outcome for those travelling by bus to or from the city and the outer western and Centenary suburbs, saving 10 to 15 minutes,” Mr Emerson said.

    “It will also ease congestion along Coronation Dr and Milton Rd and will ensure Legacy Way is a vital part of south east Queensland’s public transport network.

    Mr Emerson said inbound buses would use the connection between the Inner City Bypass, Gilchrist Avenue and the Northern Busway, onto the new underground busway.

    In the outbound direction, buses would come from the underground and use a new west-facing on-ramp to the Inner City Bypass and then onto Legacy Way.

    Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the innovative project was a great example of different levels of government working together to address the city’s public transport capacity issues.

    “It connects Brisbane’s northern and southern busways and provides access from the western suburbs via Legacy Way to give buses a congestion-free run beneath the inner city and reduce travel times out into the suburbs,” he said.

    “The biggest beneficiaries will be public transport users, commuters and freight operators who will spend less time in congestion.

    “The Underground Bus and Train project will revolutionise Brisbane’s bus service by filling a critical gap in the busway network through the busiest part of the city.”

    The Underground Bus and Train project is a 15-metre wide, 5.4 kilometre tunnel with two train lines in the lower section and two busway lanes in the upper section.

    It will be delivered at a cost of $5 billion, $3 billion less than Labor’s fanciful proposal.

    The project will also include three state-of-the-art train stations located 35 to 40 metres below Brisbane’s CBD and Woolloongabba. A route map is available at www.tmr.qld.gov.au/ubat 

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