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Brisbane Metro to Extend to Airport? The Mayor Says Yes

Brisbane lord mayor Adrian Schrinner has proposed the Brisbane Metro Project be expanded to include the Brisbane Airport which will give regular airport visitors and workers a more cost-effective travel option, reports brisbanetimes.com.au.

 

As the proposed vehicles would run on wheels they could use current infrastructure such as the airport link tunnel to the airport. 

 

While the $944 million project hasn’t yet ‘broken ground’, the exact design of the final vehicles hasn’t been signed off, and a tender contract has not yet been awarded,  Cr Schrinner said there is no doubt the project will go ahead. 

 

“Brisbane Metro will happen. It’s fully funded, it’s not a question of if, but when,” he told the publication.

 

“We’re keen to get cracking on it but we’re also not just thinking about stage one and two. We’re thinking about stages three and four, and that includes options to go to Brisbane Airport,” said Cr Schrinner.

 

Brisbane Airport CEO Gert-Jan de Graaff has unsurprisingly welcomed the suggestion of adding an airport stop to the new network.

 

“We have been very vocal about the need for similar investment in roads and public transport infrastructure between the airport and the city and region to ensure Brisbane is ready for the global opportunities coming our way,” Mr de Graaff told the publication.

 

The current timeline for the project shows first and second lines of project will be up and running around 2023, with the proposed airport line not until 2036. 

 

Hannah Schuhmann said a one way ticket from Roma Street to the domestic airport is around $20 with AirTrain, and Uber has recently joined the mix in airport travel choices. The more varied and economical options that are available can only be a good thing. Upgrades to travel infrastructure is so important, especially for a city like Brisbane which is well on the way to becoming a New World City

 

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