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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Premier
    The Honourable Campbell Newman
    Minister for Transport and Main Roads
    The Honourable Scott Emerson

    Queenslanders celebrate new Busway

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier
    The Honourable Campbell Newman

    Minister for Transport and Main Roads
    The Honourable Scott Emerson

    Saturday, June 16, 2012

    Queenslanders celebrate new Busway

    Queenslanders today celebrated Brisbane’s newest piece of public transport infrastructure with a family day.

    Premier Campbell Newman said the Northern Busway Open Day marked the end of a three year project to provide a massive boost to public transport services on Brisbane’s northside.

    “One Busway lane can carry the same number of commuters as nine traffic lanes on Gympie Road,” Mr Newman said.

    “In peak hour, you can catch a bus every 3 minutes and at off peak times you’ll be able to jump on a bus every 7-8 minutes.

    “This new section of Busway will make it easier than ever for northside residents to get out of their cars into public transport.

    “The Northern Busway is an important part of the larger network connecting with the Southeast and Eastern Busways to major destinations such as UQ, Griffith, and RBWH, Mater and Princess Alexandra hospitals.”

    Minister for Transport and Main Roads Scott Emerson thanked the local community, particularly those near the construction, for their cooperation and patience.

    “Now residents can enjoy all the benefits of living near a Busway – quick access to one of the most reliable and fastest ways to travel across Brisbane,” Mr Emerson said.

    “This new Busway brings high-quality mass transit to the growing northern suburbs.”

    It includes 1.5km of tunnel, two new Busway stations at Lutwyche and Kedron Brook and a bus-only section in Truro Street with new bus stops.

    “This tunnel is at the heart of the Windsor to Kedron busway and will take hundreds of buses off the roads putting them underground and carry 12, 000 busway passengers a day,” Mr Emerson said.

    “The equivalent of four Olympic swimming pools of poured concrete was used to line the tunnel, 1200 tonnes of asphalt was laid and the equivalent weight of 14,400 jumbo jets of spoil removed for the project.”

    The Lutwyche Busway station is a key feature of the new Busway and includes an underpass allowing pedestrians and cyclists to access the Busway station without crossing busy Lutwyche Road.

    [ENDS] 16 June 2012

    Media contact: Premier Newman - Peter McCarthy - 0408 835 548

    Minister Emerson - Andrew Berkman - 0429 128 637

    Northern Busway facts

    ·$444 million project to construct Busway between Windsor and Kedron

    ·3km in length from Truro Street, Windsor to Sadlier Street, Kedron

    ·Mixture of 1.5km tunnel and on-road dedicated bus lane

    ·Two new architecturally-designed Busway stations at Kedron Brook and Lutwyche (Bradshaw St)

    ·Eight new bus stops – along Lutwyche Rd and Gympie Rd corridor

    ·New green space from Bradshaw Park in Lutwyche to Kedron Brook

    ·Peak hour buses every 3 minutes and off peak every 7-8 minutes.

    ·Combined frequency of peak hour buses every 2-3 minutes and off peak buses every 5 minutes between Chermside and the Brisbane CBD.

    ·One Busway lane can carry the same number of people as 9 extra traffic lanes on Gympie Road.

    ·3 ½ years to construct – with 450 people working on project

    ·Represents third leg of the Busway after Inner Northern Busway (CBD to Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital (RBWH)) and Northern Busway stage 1 (RBWH to Windsor)

    General Busway facts

    ·Planning is underway for future stages from Kedron to Bracken Ridge

    ·Brisbane’s busway network is 27 kilometres long, with 24 busway stations and interchanges.

    ·An average busway can carry more than 12 000 passengers per hour in each direction.

    ·Around 5.2 million passengers travel on busways each month.

    ·Thanks to the busway, up to 50 million fewer car trips are made on Brisbane’s roads per annum.

    ·Busways effectively halve the pollution that bus routes would normally produce if they were required to operate in standard traffic.

    For more information about bus services, visit www.translink.com.au or call 13 12 30.