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    Minister for Transport, Trade, Employment and Industrial Relations
    The Honourable John Mickel

    ALLIANCE TO BUILD BUSWAY

    Minister for Transport, Trade, Employment and Industrial Relations
    The Honourable John Mickel

    Friday, October 26, 2007

    ALLIANCE TO BUILD BUSWAY

    An alliance has been formed to build the $198 million first stage of a northern busway from the Royal Children's Hospital Busway station to Windsor.

    The Department of Main Roads will work with construction company Abigroup Contractors and designers SMEC to start building the 1.2km section early next year.

    Transport, Trade, Employment and Industrial Relations Minister, John Mickel, said this first stage was scheduled to be complete by late 2009.

    "It's the key link between the Northern Busway and the existing Inner Northern Busway, and it'll greatly improve public transport access to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital," Mr Mickel said.

    "It'll make travel between the Royal Children's Hospital and Windsor almost five minutes faster, and anyone travelling along it and the Inner Northern Busway through the central business district will be up to 20 minutes quicker."

    When the first stage is complete, buses will enter the busway network at Windsor and travel on to the Inner Northern Busway and the city centre without using a public road.

    "It will be much more convenient for patients, visitors and staff to take a bus to or from the hospital complex and it will be a faster and more convenient journey," Mr Mickel said.

    "Motorists driving through the inner northern suburbs will also benefit – with more buses off the roads and on the busway, traffic congestion is expected to ease."

    It will incorporate an elevated busway from the existing Royal Children's Hospital busway station at Herston to Enoggera Creek with a connection to Northey Street, a new busway station for the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, and a connection to Bowen Bridge Road over the Inner City Bypass and QR’s freight line through the Exhibition Grounds.

    The next stage, from Windsor north to Kedron, will be built separately in conjunction with Airport Link.

    "Both stages will be complete by 2012 and by 2016 we expect 47,000 passengers a day to use the Northern Busway," Mr Mickel said.

    There's more information about the project by phoning 1800 289 210, and at the website www.translink.com.au/northernbusway Inquiries can also be sent by email to northernbusway@transport.qld.gov.au

    Media contact: Chris Brown 3237 1944 or Elouise Campion 3237 1125.

    October 26, 2007