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    Transport/Main Roads
    The Honourable Stephen Bredhauer

    South East Busway services to start on Monday

    Transport/Main Roads
    The Honourable Stephen Bredhauer

    Sunday, October 22, 2000

    South East Busway services to start on Monday

    Bus services on the State Government's South East Busway project will run from Monday, reducing travel times between Woolloongabba and the city.

    Commissioning the first stag of the South East Busway today, Transport and Main Roads Minister Steve Bredhauer said the project would relieve traffic congestion on nearby streets and the South East Freeway.

    "The South East Busway will also make public transport an attractive option to driving to work," Mr Bredhauer said.

    "While motorists wait in traffic, bus patrons will be enjoying a mostly uninterrupted run between Woolloongabba and the city," he said.

    "The South East Busway will also go a long way to improving air quality in Brisbane," Mr Bredhauer said.

    He said Brisbane Transport and National Buslines services would start on the Stage One section from tomorrow morning.

    "The project team and the contractors worked hard to be in a position to test this section of busway during the Olympic Games, when the 'Gabba was being used for the soccer matches," Mr Bredhauer said.

    "It provided an ideal opportunity - under pressure conditions - to monitor how the system would operate, as well as community attitudes to the new busway," he said.

    Mr Bredhauer said feedback from Olympic soccer fans indicated the busway made public transport easier and swifter. From tomorrow morning, more than 55 services provided by Brisbane Transport and National Buslines will use the busway.

    This would include services that currently travelled along Logan Road, Ipswich Road, Stanley Street, Annerley Road and Melbourne Street.

    "As a result, some of the stops in the Woolloongabba and South Brisbane areas would change and some timetables would be affected," Mr Bredhauer said.

    Mr Bredhauer congratulated the Brisbane City Council and Brisbane Transport for working with Queensland Transport to ensure as many services as possible were adapted to enhance the benefits of the busway.

    He said all buses on the selected busway routes would stop at the four new stations at Woolloongabba, Mater Hill, Southbank and the Cultural Centre. (See information on stations below).

    Passengers would benefit from additional pick-up and drop-off points, particular at the Southbank station, which would provide interchange possibilities with the nearby Vulture Street rail station.

    "There may be some minor inconvenience for people who are used to catching buses at certain areas in Woolloongabba and South Brisbane, but these difficulties will be far outweighed by the benefits to the majority of passengers, the community, motorists and the environment," Mr Bredhauer said.

    "The busway opens several opportunities for linking different services, and the reliability of services heading for the city will increase dramatically, particularly at peak times," he said.

    "There will also be timetable benefits as buses are taken out of the traffic for the most congested part of their run into the city, saving time and allowing more predictable travel times," he said.

    Mr Bredhauer said Queensland Transport and Brisbane Transport staff had been monitoring affected areas to assist regular travellers in the lead up to the change.

    They would remain in the area for the next week.

    Today's commissioning represents Stage One of the South East Transit Project delivery. A further 12km of dedicated busway is nearing completion alongside the South East Freeway as far as Eight Mile Plains. It will be operational by mid 2001.

    Stage One Station Details Cultural Centre - station will service Queensland's premier cultural facilities for tourists and locals. Southbank - between Southbank and South Brisbane TAFE (close to the Vulture Street Rail Station). Southbank Station will play a role as a rail-bus interchange and service students. Mater Hill - Water St, between the existing Mater Private Hospital and the proposed Mater Clinic - will service the hospital, businesses and residences. Woolloongabba - Near the 'Gabba sporting venue. Has been designed to cater for extra crowds generated by the many major sports and other events.

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