Bus commuters are reaping the rewards of the opening of the 3.5 kilometre Northern Busway (Windsor to Kedron).
Opened on schedule, buses started using the two-way tunnel and the iconic Busway Stations at Kedron Brook and Lutwyche on Monday 18 June 2012, marking the end of three years of construction on the project. Passengers are now enjoying more frequent bus services and time savings of up to 15 minutes.
The Northern Busway Draft Concept Design and Impact Management Plan (CDIMP) was developed in 2005 with the aim to improve bus services, improve accessibility and reduce the growth in general traffic through Brisbane’s northern corridor.
The design and construction of the Northern Busway was combined with the delivery of the Airport Link to drive efficiency and minimise costs for the State. Through this coordinated approach the Windsor to Kedron stage of the Busway was delivered 15 years earlier than had been planned and included the future proofing for the next stage of the Busway from Kedron to Bracken Ridge.
Extensive public information and consultation was undertaken throughout the CDIMP process in conjunction with the consultation process for the Airport Link EIS. This joint public consultation process was necessary due to the cumulative impacts of both projects along the construction corridor.
Now operational, the Northern Busway (Windsor to Kedron) has:
- delivered increased capacity and patronage of Brisbane's public transport network
- protected, and where possible enhanced, the environment through the design and operation of the project
- enhanced the social amenity and desirability of the corridor (especially in the Lutwyche and Kedron Brook areas and Truro Street)
- achieved value for money in the delivery
- been delivered in a timely and coordinated fashion with the Airport Link project.
Residual land on either side of the Lutwyche Station has great potential for exciting new development opportunities for retail and/or commercial facilities. What has been an epicentre of construction for the last four years, in time, has a future as a renewed urban village precinct with strip shopping including new cafes, shops and commercial facilities.
The project has already delivered new or upgraded footpaths and plantings, linking the existing Memorial Park, Quarry Park and Clark Park. The new features intertwine with the historic trees protected throughout the construction period, including Pop’s Fig and the fig trees near Windsor State School. The historic Windsor School of Arts building was also relocated to a permanent and accessible location in Clark Park.
As the suburban gateway to Airport Link and Northern Busway, the urban design works for the Kedron precinct have focused on re-connecting communities which were separated by roads and the Kedron Brook. The new Kedron Brook Busway Station includes a kiss ‘n’ ride entry plaza and safe access for pedestrians and cyclists from all four directions. Direct access to the two busway stations has been established through the upgrades to the cycle and pedestrian links as well as the inclusion of new pedestrian bridges over Kedron Brook.
Join us on the journey from idea to reality!- Please click on the link for a slideshow.