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    Minister for Transport & Main Roads
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Roma Street to become hub for bus and rail

    Minister for Transport & Main Roads
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Friday, May 26, 2006

    Roma Street to become hub for bus and rail

    2,000 buses a day linking with over 700 train services a day – that’s what the new combined busway and rail station at Roma Street will deliver to passengers, Transport and Main Roads Minister Paul Lucas said today.

    The Minister unveiled plans for a major new bus-rail interchange at Roma Street Railway Station as part of the $333 million project to complete the next stage of the Inner Northern Busway.

    SmartState engineering would build a major interchange behind the Roma Street Transit Centre, linking train services with the busway system and long distance buses.

    "The new Roma Street busway station will be built beside the railway station at the back of the Transit Centre so passengers can move easily from bus to train," he said.

    "Once the INB is finished in late 2008, passengers from anywhere on the rail network will be able to climb on board the busway system within minutes, and with the one ticket, under TransLink's integrated ticketing system.

    “Eventually you’ll be able to travel on a bus from one side of the city to the other without leaving your seat," he said.

    “Busways are not like a normal bus route. They operate like a train line and are for buses only. Bus trips will be fast, frequent and reliable because there are no traffic lights.

    “It will mean big time savings for bus travellers – up to 20 minutes in peak periods and nine minutes at other times. Motorists will feel the difference – there’ll be less traffic on the streets. Every full bus takes 40 cars off the road,” Mr Lucas said.

    Mr Lucas said the INB would be built in sections, with the first section from Queen Street underground to a new King George Square busway station and on to Roma Street already being built and due for completion in 2007.

    The second section, starting late this year, involved construction of the Roma Street Busway Station, with connections to the existing busway at Countess Street, and also with Roma Street, by late 2008.

    The Roma Street Busway Station would have:

    • two platforms under the Transit Centre's interstate coach deck to protect passengers from the weather
    • the inbound platform is shared with train platform 2 with bus services on one side and train services on the other
    • busway platforms will be similar to the rail platforms, with stairs, elevators and a lift on each, connecting to the pedestrian subway
    • a stopping lane and passing lane for each platform so through buses are not impeded.

    "The busway station will have 24 hour security, with cameras linked back to the new Brisbane Metro Transport Management Centre," Mr Lucas said.

    The Minister also announced a $500,000 boost to CBD peak hour bus services and changes to city bus stop locations that start on Monday (May 29).

    “More bus services will be assigned to busy routes to meet growing demand from Brisbane commuters. A number of CBD bus stops would be relocated to make way for INB construction works.

    "The extra peak hour bus services are a direct reflection of the growing popularity of bus transport in Brisbane, and that’s a direct result of the Government's busway and integrated ticketing initiatives," Mr Lucas said.

    "Between July 1 last year and March 31 this year, more than 113.2 million passenger journeys have been made across the TransLink system – an increase of more than 14 million journeys compared to the same period the previous year.

    "TransLink is constantly monitoring where demand lies and provides extra services to meet that demand," he said.

    Mr Lucas advised all bus passengers who travel to the CBD to check with TransLink about whether their bus stop had been relocated.

    He said INB works within the inner city would also impact on major streets around the King George Square precinct.

    "Some degree of inconvenience is inevitable in a project such as this. I thank inner city residents, businesses and visitors in advance, for their patience,” Mr Lucas said.

    "The Inner Northern Busway will become the heart of Brisbane's busway network that will eventually span the city.

    "While it’s just over a kilometre long, this extension is probably the most important part of our busway system, because it links the busway network and takes a large number of buses off city streets," he said.

    Mr Lucas said details of bus stop changes and new peak hour services were available from TransLink at or by calling 13 12 30. Traffic disruption information is available from

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