Works are ramping up on the $944 million Brisbane Metro project as the Brisbane City Council begins finalising the procurement process for the depot design and construction tender.
The facility will be the base for an initial fleet of 60 new electric vehicles, charging infrastructure, maintenance and staff facilities.
Construction is expected to create 165 jobs with more than 185 when opened.
The Request for Tender is expected to be released in mid-2020 and awarded by mid to late 2020.
Brisbane Metro is expected to provide services every three minutes in peak periods to improve the greater public transport network.
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Federal Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Minister Alan Tudge said works on the Rochedale site would include the removal and relocation of a number of buildings.
“The Metro project will revolutionise the way Brisbane people travel by doing away with the need for timetables,” Tudge said.
Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said a tender was announced for a fleet of fully-electric Metro vehicles and the council is now also finalising the depot design to include charging infrastructure for these vehicles.
“The depot will be the base for an initial fleet of 60 new electric vehicles, charging infrastructure, maintenance and staff facilities. There is also capacity for future growth at the School Rd location as the Brisbane Metro system expands,” Schrinner said.
“This is a major infrastructure development which is expected to start next year and take two years to build, in time for the delivery of the full Metro vehicle fleet,” Schrinner said.
The preferred tenderer to deliver 60 vehicles for the Brisbane Metro was announced in November involving Brisbane-based suppliers Volgren and world-leading electric-vehicle producer HESS.
The initial pilot vehicle will be housed at Volgren’s Eagle Farm workshop to allow for trials and testing to start in local operating conditions. The first Metro vehicle will arrive this year for trials and testing.
Intersection upgrades at the corner of Peel and Merivale Street and Peel and Cordelia Street in South Brisbane, and Kew Street and Upper Roma Street in the CBD have already been completed for the project.
Council is delivering the $944 million fully-funded Brisbane Metro in partnership with the Federal Government committing $300 million.
Stage One of the Brisbane Metro will provide a 21-kilometre service connecting 18 stations along dedicated busways between Eight Mile Plains and Roma Street, and Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and University of Queensland.
Stage Two may see services expanded to Carindale in the South East and to Chermside and the Airport in the North.