Get to know Brisbane Metro

Brisbane City Council is building a greater transport network to get residents home quicker and safer with more travel options, less congestion and better public transport.
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Get to know Brisbane Metro

Brisbane Metro will be a key part of Brisbane’s greater transport network and link the city to the suburbs.

New high-capacity and high-frequency Metro services will run along dedicated busways and link with suburban bus and train services as part of a better-planned network.

The first stage of Brisbane Metro is underway and will provide a 21-kilometre service connecting 18 stations along dedicated busways between Eight Mile Plains and Roma Street, and Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and University of Queensland.

Main procurement activities for Brisbane Metro commenced in July 2018 with an industry briefing attended by more than 200 representatives from local and international contractors, designers and vehicle suppliers.

Following the briefing, Council commenced the procurement process for the Collaborative Partnership for Brisbane Metro, delivering the Inner City Infrastructure works. This includes a new tunnel under Adelaide Street, in Brisbane’s CBD, and a new underground station at the Cultural Centre for Metro and bus services. In early December 2018, Council announced three successful respondents that moved into the Early Contractor Involvement phase for the Collaborative Partnership in early 2019.

The shortlist includes a healthy mix of highly capable design and construction firms;

TransForm BNE consortium, comprising McConnell Dowell Constructors Pty Ltd, John Holland Pty Ltd and GHD Pty Ltd, consists of industry leaders and draws on extensive experience in delivering other projects of similar complexity and scale such as the Gold Coast Light Rail, Melbourne Metro, Legacy Way and Adelaide’s O-Bahn City Access Project.

Brisbane Move Consortium, comprising Acciona Construction Australia Pty Ltd and Arup Australia Projects Pty Ltd, is made up of some of Australia’s leading construction and design firms. Together, bringing substantial local, national and international city shaping experience across projects such as Legacy Way, Airport Link, Gold Coast Light Rail Stage One.

METRO4BNE consortium, comprising CPB Contractors Pty Ltd, Seymour Whyte Constructions Pty Ltd, Vinci Construction Grands Projects Australia Pty Ltd and SMEC Australia Pty Ltd, is a team of CBD urban project specialists with a collection of subject matter experts with delivery experience on CLEM7, Airport Link and the Go Between Bridge.

In August 2018 Council invited suitably qualified organisations to formally submit an Expression of Interest for the design, delivery and commissioning of 60 new high-capacity Metro vehicles that will share the busway with the existing bus fleet. In early December 2018, Council announced a shortlist of three tenderers to progress to the Request for Proposal phase to be conducted throughout 2019.

The procurement process for the design and construction of the Metro depot commenced in March 2019, with an industry briefing to contractors and the commencement of an Expression of Interest process. The Metro depot will stable and maintain the initial fleet of Metro vehicles and feature vehicle fuelling or charging and wash down facilities, a maintenance garage, administration centre with training capacity, driver and staff amenities and car parking.  In March 2019, Council also finalised acquisition of the four private properties required for the Metro depot at Rochedale, south of Brisbane City.

The expected cost to build Brisbane Metro is $944 million. Council has committed to fund $644 million of the project’s capital cost. The Australian Government is also providing a $300 million funding commitment.

Main procurement activities for Brisbane Metro are expected to be completed by late 2020. Detailed design and construction will commence in 2019 with Metro services running in 2023.