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    Premier & Trade
    The Honourable Peter Beattie

    Beattie opens new $135 million busway

    Premier & Trade
    The Honourable Peter Beattie

    Sunday, February 22, 2004

    Beattie opens new $135 million busway

    Kelvin Grove: A new 'world-class' addition to Brisbane's smart public transport was opened today by Premier Peter Beattie.

    Mr Beattie said the $135 million first section of the Inner Northern Busway was integral in further improving Brisbane's public transport system.

    "My government is committed to providing world class public transport infrastructure and services to people throughout Queensland," he said.

    "This first part of the Inner Northern Busway is a dedicated 2.8km link from Roma Street to Gilchrist Avenue at Herston, designed for seamless bus travel.

    "It is a state-of-the-art facility with an intelligent transport system providing instant timetable information for passengers, and a secure monitoring environment."

    "In conjunction with this, later this year $10 million will be allocated for bus priority measures on the Gympie Road corridor and for a dedicated park and ride north of the Chermside Shopping Centre.

    "This year we will also build bus stations at Normanby and the Royal Children's Hospital."

    "Transport planning is a key priority for my government. This section of the Inner Northern Busway is the gateway to better public transport for Brisbane's northside."

    The full plan for the INB is a 4.7km dedicated roadway corridor for buses, to link the Queen Street Bus Station to the Royal Brisbane Hospital.

    The busway is a joint initiative between Queensland Transport which contributed $120 million and Brisbane City Council which contributed $15 million plus land.

    Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Paul Lucas, said an extra 1200 bus services per week would be offered from tomorrow.

    "The opening of this state-of-the-art infrastructure is matched by improved services," Mr Lucas said.

    Brisbane Lord Mayor Tim Quinn echoed this adding that the Inner Northern Busway will deliver increased reliability and faster trip times for Northside residents.

    "The Busway will link up with the new bus corridor along Lutwyche Road, to speed up bus travel and reduce traffic congestion," he said.

    Mr Lucas said that the three new bus routes, with an additional 1227 services a week, will be introduced from Chermside, Stafford and between some QUT campuses.

    "The new Chermside bus service will be a high frequency 'no timetable' service to the CBD and return and will be known as the TransLink 333."

    Mr Lucas said the TransLink 333 was the third 'no-timetable' route to be introduced in Brisbane.

    These routes are timetable free as they operate every 10 minutes or better in peak periods and 15 minutes in off peak periods, seven days a week.

    All TransLink 333 services would be provided by new air-conditioned, low floor natural gas buses.

    Mr Quinn highlighted that for every busload of commuters, there are 40 cars less on our roads making it easier for everyone to get around.

    "The South East Busway has already proven that commuters will make the switch from private vehicle to bus, when a fast, efficient and reliable service is provided," said the Lord Mayor.

    Mr Lucas said Brisbane City Council (BCC) had also added a new peak rocket service from Stafford (route 376) as well as a new inter-campus shuttle service between Carseldine and Kelvin Grove (route 392) for QUT staff and students.

    Northside passengers could gain time savings as a number of existing Gympie Rd and Kelvin Grove Rd services would travel onto the Inner Northern Busway at Gilchrist Avenue and Ithaca Streets.

    "Additionally, a number of bus priority measures north and south of the INB will improve service reliability, thanks to the BCC," Mr Lucas said

    "I am proud that we are able to provide this world class facility with new services for the people of Brisbane," he said.

    Mr Quinn said that the Inner Northern Busway is complemented by the completion of other award-winning projects such as the Inner City Bypass, upgrades to Coronation Drive and Waterworks Road have also been complete.

    He said the new Green Bridge between St Lucia and Dutton Park and the planned $1billion North South Bypass Tunnel will also help to keep Brisbane moving.

    22 February 2004 Contacts: Steve Keating (Premier's) 3224 4500, Alison Smith (Minister's) 3237 1949