South East Busway

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South East Busway
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Cultural Centre busway station with the Victoria Bridge in the background in February 2016
Overview
System TransLink
Operator Brisbane Transport
Clarks Logan City Bus Service
Mt Gravatt Bus Service
Transdev Queensland
Park Ridge Transit
StatusOpen
Began service13 September 2000 (2000-09-13)
Route
Start Queen Street
Via Pacific Motorway
End Eight Mile Plains
Length13.2 km (8.2 mi)
Stations13
Route map

Contents

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Queen Street bus station
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Cultural Centre
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South Bank
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Mater Hill
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Woolloongabba
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Buranda
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Greenslopes
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Zone
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2
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Holland Park West
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Griffith University
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Upper Mount Gravatt
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Eight Mile Plains
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School Road
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Rochedale
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Springwood
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The South East Busway is a grade separated bus-only road running south from the Brisbane central business district to Eight Mile Plains in Queensland, Australia. The busway was completed to Woolloongabba in September 2000 and to Eight Mile Plains in April 2001. An extension of the busway to School Road at Rochedale was completed in 2014.

History

Busways were considered as one of the options when the Queensland Government developed the 25 year Integrated Regional Transport Plan. [1] [2] [3] Other methods such as light and heavy rail were also considered. It was recommended that a 75 km (47 mi) network of busway corridors to complement the existing Queensland Rail City network would suit best.

Busways would allow buses to serve low-density communities and bypass peak hour congestion. Busway stations could be developed at key nodes to serve major activity centres, and combining different routes would create high frequency services.

In 1995, plans for a network of five busway corridors were conceived, linking with the rail network to improve public transport connectivity across the city. The busways would improve the operation of the bus fleet, reducing maintenance and running costs and maximising the effectiveness of the region's investment in buses.

In August 1996, the Queensland Government approved the South East Transit Project to manage the construction of both the northern section of the Pacific Motorway between Mount Gravatt and Logan City and a dedicated 2-lane, 2-way road for buses between the Brisbane CBD and Eight Mile Plains.

The first section of busway between the existing Queen Street bus station and Woolloongabba was opened to services on 13 September 2000 to coincide with the start of the 2000 Olympic football tournament, for which some matches were held in Brisbane. [4] It initially opened for outbound services only, with inbound services commencing on 23 October 2000. [5] The second 13.2 km (8.2 mi) section of busway between Woolloongabba and Eight Mile Plains opened on 30 April 2001. [6] [7] [8] [9]

Construction of the Eight Mile Plains to Rochedale extension to the Busway commenced in late 2012 and was completed in March 2014. The extension was funded by the Queensland Government ($36m) and formed part of the Federal Government's Gateway Upgrade South (GUS) project. [10] The busway extension passes under the Gateway Motorway and terminates at School Road, Rochedale. No new busway stations were added by this extension.

Route

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South East Busway tunnel entrance under the Queen Street Mall

The busway commences at Queen Street bus station beneath the Brisbane central business district, crossing the Brisbane River via Victoria Bridge to the Cultural Centre busway station, then paralleling the rail lines to South Bank railway station before passing beneath under Stanley Street. It then runs parallel to the Pacific Motorway to Eight Mile Plains. [11]

Services

Brisbane Transport and Clarks Logan City Bus Service operate services along the full length of the busway while Mt Gravatt Bus Service and Transdev Queensland operate services between Griffith University and Eight Mile Plains. [12]

Future extensions

Currently, the Pacific Motorway enables better connections between the South East Busway, Springwood and Loganholme with additional stations in between at Underwood and Paradise Road, for the benefit of Logan City Bus Service services travelling to the city.

As part of the Main Roads Pacific Motorway Transit Project, [13] plans have been made to extend the South East Busway as far as Springwood bus station, including construction of the proposed Rochedale busway station. [14]

Passenger information

Real Time Passenger Information is displayed at each station, with fixed LED signs suspended above each platform. These signs present four lines of real-time estimated bus departure times, with data provided by Brisbane City Council's RAPID system.

Related Research Articles

The Eastern Busway is a bus-only road running from the University of Queensland's St Lucia campus to Langlands Park busway station in Queensland, Australia.

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Eight Mile Plains, Queensland Suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Eight Mile Plains is an outer southern suburb in the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Eight Mile Plains had a population of 15,322 people.

Buranda busway station

Buranda Busway Station is located in Brisbane, Australia serving the suburb of Buranda. It opened on 30 April 2001 when the South East Busway was extended from Woolloongabba to Eight Mile Plains.

Greenslopes busway station

Greenslopes busway station is located in Brisbane, Australia serving the suburb of Greenslopes.

Holland Park West busway station

Holland Park West busway station is located in Brisbane, Australia serving the suburb of Holland Park West. It opened on 30 April 2001 when the South East Busway was extended from Woolloongabba to Eight Mile Plains.

Griffith University busway station

Griffith University Busway Station located in Brisbane, Australia serving the Griffith University, Mount Gravatt and Nathan campuses. It opened on 30 April 2001 when the South East Busway was extended from Woolloongabba to Eight Mile Plains.

Eight Mile Plains busway station

Eight Mile Plains busway station is the southernmost station on the South East Busway in Brisbane, Australia serving the suburb of Eight Mile Plains. It opened on 30 April 2001 when the busway was extended from Woolloongabba.

Upper Mount Gravatt busway station

Upper Mount Gravatt busway station is located in Brisbane, Australia serving the suburb of Upper Mount Gravatt. It opened on 30 April 2001 when the South East Busway was extended from Woolloongabba to Eight Mile Plains.

Springwood bus station

The Springwood Bus Station, at Springwood, is serviced by TransLink bus routes. It is a major interchange for TransLink's Southern Region, being an important stop for Logan City Bus Service routes between Brisbane and Loganholme. The architecture of the station is based upon the steel and glass designs of Brisbane's busway stations. It is in Zone 2 of the TransLink integrated public transport system.

The M1 in, Queensland, Australia, is a major urban road corridor. It connects the Sunshine Coast hinterland to Tugun, near the New South Wales-Queensland border, via the following corridors:

Rochedale South, Queensland Suburb of Logan City, Queensland, Australia

Rochedale South is a northern residential suburb in the City of Logan, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Rochedale South had a population of 15,317 people.

Underwood, Queensland Suburb of Logan City, Queensland, Australia

Underwood is a suburb in the City of Logan, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Underwood had a population of 6,341 people.

Transport in Brisbane

Transport in Brisbane, the capital and largest city of Queensland, Australia, is provided by road, rail, river and bay ferries, footpaths, bikepaths, sea and air.

Logan Road, Brisbane

Logan Road, allocated state routes 95 and 30, is a major road in Brisbane, Queensland. It runs 18 kilometres (11 mi) from Springwood in Logan City to Woolloongabba in Brisbane, with most of the route signed as state route 95. The route was formerly the main route to the Gold Coast from Brisbane, until the South East Freeway was built.

Rochedale, Queensland Suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Rochedale is an outer southern suburb of the City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It is 17 kilometres (11 mi) south-east of the Brisbane central business district. At the 2016 Australian Census the suburb recorded a population of 3,175. The suburb's western boundary is partially aligned with the Gateway Motorway and Bulimba Creek.

The Rochedale Busway Station is a proposed Busway Station to be built at Rochedale near Underwood Road as part of an extension to the South East Busway. The station will be served by TransLink bus routes. It will be the station between the existing Eight Mile Plains Station and Springwood Bus Station.

Busways in Brisbane

Since the mid-1990s, a 27 kilometre bus rapid transit network has been developed in Brisbane, Australia. It comprises grade-separated bus-only corridors, complementing the Queensland Rail City network. Management of the busway network is the responsibility of TransLink as coordinator of South East Queensland's integrated public transport system.

The BaT project was a proposed north-south tunnel that would provide bus and rail modes of transportation together in an intuitive design by combining a new underground rail line and busway in a single, double-decked, 15m-wide tunnel beneath the Brisbane River and Brisbane central business district. The tunnel was to have three underground stations at Woolloongabba, George Street and Roma Street with Dutton Park upgraded.

Dutton Park Place busway station

Dutton Park Place busway station is located in Brisbane, Australia serving the suburb of Dutton Park. It is the penultimate westbound stop on the Eastern Busway.

References

  1. "Integrated Regional Transport Plan". Queensland Government, Department of Transport and Main Roads. Retrieved 11 March 2011.
  2. "South East Busway, Brisbane". Road Traffic Technology. Retrieved 11 March 2011.
  3. "Integrated Regional Transport Plan (Part 1)" (PDF). Queensland Government, Department of Transport and Main Roads. p. 29 (PDF page 46). Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 March 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2011.
  4. Bridge changes slammed The Courier-Mail 14 December 2000
  5. South East Busway services to start on Monday Queensland Government 22 October 2000
  6. "Busways". Queensland Government, Department of Transport and Main Roads. Retrieved 11 March 2011.
  7. Shunter, Loose (30 October 2010). "A decade of Australian Public Transport Projects". TransportTextbook. Retrieved 11 March 2011.
  8. South-east Queensland transport infrastructure rollout since 1975 Brisbane Times 6 July 2010
  9. Brisbane busway turns 10 Australasian Bus & Coach 3 May 2011
  10. "Gateway Upgrade South (GUS) project and South East Busway extension". Queensland Government, Department of Transport and Main Roads. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  11. "South East Transit Project". The Harrison Group. 2007. Archived from the original on 27 May 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2011.
  12. "South Eastern Busway Network Map" (PDF). TransLink . January 2017.
  13. Main Roads Pacific Motorway Transit Project Archived 2009-06-18 at the Wayback Machine
  14. Translink South East Busway Extension Archived 2009-04-25 at the Wayback Machine

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