For a Better Brisbane

Northern Link Tunnel 1

(video embedded from Channel 10’s YouTube channel)

Brisbane’s Northern Link tunnel looks like it is set to be built with the announcement of the successful bidder for the construction of the project going to TransCity consortium. The Northern Link tunnel project is part of a larger portfolio of road-based initiatives (TransApex) within Brisbane’s inner suburbs, including:

  • Clem 7 tunnel (formerly known as the North-South Bypass)
  • Northern Link
  • The Go-Between Bridge
  • A future potential East-West link from the South East Freeway at Buranda over to the Western Freeway at Toowong

The projects connect existing freeways and bypasses, and together form a ‘triangle’ around the Brisbane CBD. The toll is expected to be around $3 one way.

Placing whatever one’s views about this project might be to one side; major upgrades to public transport in Brisbane’s western suburbs are still required. In particular, the upgrading of the existing Ipswich rail line to a very high standard of service with trains every 10 minutes or so off peak, and more frequently during peak hour would go a long way to improving public transport in this area.

Toronto’s subways , for example, run trains every 5 minutes in the off peak and ‘piggyback’ their bus system off it. By radically increasing the trains on the Ipswich rail line, something close to a metro standard of service with bus connections could be achieved, and at the fraction of the cost of building a real metro from scratch.


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September 20, 2010 at 11:22 pm

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  1. You know, maybe Clem 7 and Northern Link would make great locations for a metro or underground light rail alignments.

    Shafts could be sunk from the surface in the suburbs, and link it all together with buses… and bingo!

    You would have to tweak the ends to go to the city… but not by much.




    September 21, 2010 at 5:08 pm

  2. A sad day. For another four years council’s management and time and this city’s money will be diverted to a pet-project that has no fiscal viability and entirely dubious benefit.

    Brisbane continues heading in the wrong direction. Cars and more roads will not offer a solution to this growing city’s transport needs. No city has ever built itself out of congestion. It’s time to change direction and to set different priorities.

    It’s time Brisbane placed a priority on building commuter solutions. Brisbane’s residents can make public transport our top investment – before we become Sydney. The Brisbane Plan includes three steps:

    1. exploit rail – greater frequency & improved services. Someone pay for the upgrading of signalling and alter that timetable for the Ipswich and Caboolture lines.

    2. greater choices in our suburbs – its time for a massive investment in buses in our suburbs, linked to our high frequency rail services.

    3. greater downtown capacity – demand has exceeded what can be met by buses. Its time to take the next step. Its time for light rail to replace the buses within 5km of the CBD. Buses are now contributing to the very congestion they were supposed to be solving.

    3 steps to make mobility the top priority in Brisbane.


    September 21, 2010 at 11:20 am

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