Brisbane Commuters to Benefit from Completed Inner City Bypass Upgrade

Trips between the city’s inner-north and western suburbs are now quicker and safer with the completion of the Inner City Bypass upgrade.

One of Brisbane’s most important routes, the ICB and is integral to the city’s economic growth as it provides a vital link in the road network with its connections to Lutwyche Road, AirportlinkM7, Clem7, Legacy Way, and the soon-to-be-upgraded Kingsford Smith Drive.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk marked the project’s completion on 20 August 2018.

“Council is committed to tackling traffic congestion right across the city and the ICB upgrade is one of 1,000 road projects that are being delivered as part of a $2 billion investment,” Cr Quirk said.

“With more lanes and bus priority measures, this upgrade will ensure the ICB can cater for future traffic demands which are expected to grow to 130,000 daily vehicles by 2031.”

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Upgrades to the ICB included the new 150-metre on-ramp, which will provide direct access to the city from the Inner Northern Busway and Bowen Bridge Road.

According to Cr Quirk, more than 50 bus services travel along this stretch of road every day. Upgrades will allow bus passengers to save up to 10 minutes on their journey along the ICB. With this, new timetables will come into effect from 27 August 2018.

Infrastructure Chairman Cr Amanda Cooper said upgrades offered a significant improvement to the ICB.

“Prior to the upgrade, the ICB was operating at 90 percent capacity with vehicles often queuing up to 700 metres at the Herston Road exit and all road users will now benefit from up to 25 percent travel time savings with the completion of this upgrade,”  Cr Cooper said.

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According to Transurban Queensland Group Executive, Sue Johnson, Transurban Queensland will provide operations, maintenance, and incident response services on the ICB following the completion of upgrades.

Transurban Queensland was the one who delivered the $60 million ICB upgrade on behalf of the Council. To learn more about the project, visit the official page of the Inner City Bypass upgrade.

Aside from the ICB upgrade, the transport along the Brisbane River is also set to improve with the Council’s investment $68 million investment for new express SpeedyCat services. The new express SpeedyCat will be deployed between Northshore Hamilton and University of Queensland and promises to shorten travel time along the Brisbane River.


New Express SpeedyCat to Service Northshore Hamilton Through $68 Million Investment

Brisbane City Council’s $68 million investment promises to shorten travel time along the Brisbane River as new express SpeedyCat services will be deployed between Northshore Hamilton and University of Queensland.

Brisbane’s river transport network has been servicing more than five million passengers every year. According to Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, the new express SpeedyCat services will significantly improve public transport services for commuters on the water.

“CityCats are icons of our New World City and Council will introduce around 100 new express ‘SpeedyCat’ services per week from September, that will travel from the University of Queensland and Northshore Hamilton, into the city,” Cr Quirk said.

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“These new express services will operate during weekday peak periods, saving river commuters up to 24 minutes between Northshore Hamilton and Riverside, while passengers will be able to travel between the University of Queensland and North Quay in as little as 16 minutes,” he added.

The Council Annual Plan and Budget 2018-19 also includes a $4.5-million funding to deliver a larger, new generation CityCat. This will be added to the current 21 vessel fleet servicing 25 terminals across a 22-kilometre stretch of the Brisbane River.

The new CityCat is set to hit the water in 2019.

The 2018-19 Budget also has allocations for ferry terminal upgrades.

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“A further $19.3 million will be dedicated towards upgrading ferry terminals across the city, including a major overhaul of the Guyatt Park ferry terminal at St Lucia, with construction starting in the coming year,” Cr Quirk said.

“The upgrade will include replacing the existing pontoon with a new flood-resilient terminal that will be easily accessible for all ages and abilities,” he added.

Improvements to Brisbane’s river transport network follows Cr Quirk’s promise for new CityCat services in the 2016 elections. Although it took two years for the Council’s promise to be delivered, commuters will be able to take advantage of the shortened travel time starting in September.