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    Premier & Treasurer
    The Honourable Peter Beattie

    Two New Stations Help Make Busway The Smart Way To Travel

    Premier & Treasurer
    The Honourable Peter Beattie

    Tuesday, December 13, 2005

    Two New Stations Help Make Busway The Smart Way To Travel

    Premier Peter Beattie and Minister for Transport and Main Roads Paul Lucas today officially opened the State Government's new $13 million Normanby and Royal Children's Hospital Herston busway stations on the Inner Northern Busway.

    "These two new bus stations are the latest additions to Brisbane's growing public transport network, allowing northside passengers travelling between the Kelvin Grove and Gympie Rd corridors to transfer without travelling into the CBD, saving up to 20 minutes off their trip" Mr Beattie said.

    "The Queensland Government has invested $13.35 million in these new stations to provide public transport users with more options, better services and state-of-the-art facilities.

    "It's a Smart State solution to easing the amount of traffic on our roads by making bus travel quick, easy and reliable.

    "We are continuing to build a better public transport network for South East Queensland as part of our commitment to easing traffic congestion and improving the experience for all public transport users."

    Mr Beattie said the stations had: - inbuilt passenger security measures including camera surveillance, - bright lighting and emergency contact points, - stylish, modern undercover seating, - easy access via elevators, - electronic 'next-bus' bulletin boards, - public art as a feature of both stations.

    The Royal Children's Hospital station is located opposite the entrance to the hospital on Herston Rd.

    The Normanby busway station is located on the Inner Northern Busway beneath the Brisbane Grammar School sports complex at the Normanby five-ways.

    Mr Lucas said there would be some slight changes to routes and stops in the vicinity of the two new busway stations. Passengers should consult the TransLink website for details: www.translink.com.au.

    Work on the $178 million section linking Queen Street to the city end of Roma Street will begin next year, and is scheduled for completion by late 2007," said Mr Lucas.

    "This section includes a tunnel between the Queen Street Bus Station and the city end of Roma Street, and a busway station at King George Square.

    "A busway station at King George Square Busway will provide a more efficient link between southern, northern and western bus services, and reduce interaction between buses and inner city traffic."

    The HUB Alliance - consisting of Queensland Transport, Leighton Contractors, Maunsell Australia, Coffey Geosciences, Bligh Voller Nield and EDAW Gillespies - will be responsible for delivering the Queen Street to Roma Street project.

    The second part of the connection will be from the city end of Roma Street to the current end of the dedicated busway next to the junction of Roma Street and Countess Street.

    Work on this section is due for completion by mid-2009.

    The Inner Northern Busway HUB Alliance is currently investigating options for the best route for this section.

    "The two new sections will reduce travel times from the existing exit at Roma Street to the central city by up to 7-9 minutes under normal traffic or up to 20 minutes on congested days," said Mr Lucas.

    "It will add to the first stage of the busway which provides a dedicated 2.8 km link from Roma Street to Gilchrist Avenue at Herston. "By the end of 2007, Brisbane will have a world class busway network from Herston to the Queen Street Bus Station, where it will link with services on the South East Busway network.

    Media inquiries: Premier's Office 3224 4500 Transport Minister's Office: Robert Hoge 3237 1942, 0419 757 868 December 13, 2005.