World’s largest dedicated bus and rail tunnel heralds new era for Brisbane commuters

Source: AECOM -


06 February 2014

There’s light at the end of the tunnel for Brisbane public transport users.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads’ plan for the $5 billion Underground Bus & Train (UBAT) project – comprising a new 5.4 kilometre double-decked tunnel for buses and trains beneath the Brisbane River and Brisbane’s CBD – is another boost for the growing South East region as it seeks to meet growing public transport demand.

As Queensland’s largest ever urban transport project, the project will provide Brisbane residents and visitors with faster, more frequent, direct and reliable bus and train trips to and from the CBD.

AECOM has partnered with Sinclair Knight Merz in a joint venture that will deliver the full reference design and an environmental impact statement (EIS) to inform the business case for UBAT.

In association with Ranbury, AECOM has also been engaged to undertake the land use planning and urban design analysis for the project, which includes precinct planning and assessment of value capture opportunities.

When complete, the project will offer excellent public transport connections to the education and government precincts at the southern tip of the CBD, in addition to the new living and business precincts at Woolloongabba.

Early construction works could begin in 2015 with major construction on the project planned for mid-2016.

Environmental investigations for the tunnel will also soon be underway, with a full EIS – to incorporate a reference design outlining the exact tunnel alignment, station locations, construction sites and other key project details – expected to be released for public consultation in 2014.



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Tim McNamara Media Advisor – Australia New Zealand 61 414 573 169


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