Construction of the Brisbane Metro depot in Rochedale is one step closer with dozens of local and national businesses leaders attending a special briefing in Brisbane City Hall.
Public and Active Transport Chairman Adrian Schrinner said the briefing would provide firms with the opportunity to start thinking about the skills and innovation they could bring to the table for the Brisbane Metro project.
“Brisbane Metro services will commence in 2023 and will revolutionise the way we travel, getting residents home up to 50 per cent faster on the high-frequency service,” he said.
“The $944 million project continues to head in the right direction, with procurement for the Brisbane Metro depot progressing to the next stage.
“Council will formally invite key industry players from next Wednesday 27 March to express their interest in designing and constructing the Brisbane Metro vehicle depot, which will stable and maintain the initial fleet of 60 Metro vehicles.
“Features of the depot will include vehicle fuelling or charging and wash down facilities, a maintenance garage, administration centre with training facilities, staff amenities and car parking for a minimum of 270 spaces.
“The depot will operate between 20 and 24 hours per day, seven days a week, and is expected to create up to 50 construction jobs as well as being a base for hundreds of staff once Metro operations commence.”
Cr Schrinner said the Brisbane Metro depot site was approximately 55,000 square-metres and would be located at School Road, Rochedale to provide direct access to the South East Busway.
“Council is currently finalising the acquisition of four private properties along School Road and will purchase a small portion of State Government land once works are completed on the M1/M3 Gateway merge project,” he said.
Federal Member for Bonner Ross Vasta said Brisbane Metro would deliver a great outcome for Bonner commuters, helping them get home to their families sooner and safer.
“The Federal Government has committed $300 million towards Brisbane Metro and is yet another example of the Morrison Government’s commitment to investing in vital infrastructure so that South East Queensland residents spend less time stuck in traffic and more time with their families,” Mr Vasta said.
Following the Expressions of Interest stage, Council will shortlist tenderers to call for their proposals from mid-year. The successful tenderer is expected to be announced later this year.