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Brisbane buses will follow trains underground at Roma Street Station as the government forges ahead with Cross River Rail plans, without the federal help it hoped to get from a Shorten Labor government.
A new underground train station had already been promised for the inner-Brisbane transit hub, but deputy Premier Jackie Trad announced on Friday that the bus interchange would also be moved below.
The new Roma Street station will be built where the existing Transit Centre stands.
Ms Trad, who is also Infrastructure Minister, said it would provide a "seamless connection" between rail and bus.
“That means public transport becomes very, very reliable but also very accessible," she said.
Described by Transport Minister Mark Bailey as "one of the ugliest buildings in Brisbane", the run-down Brisbane Transit Centre on Roma Street will be demolished in 2020, to make way for the interchange.
He said the 650-metre busway would be located directly under the Roma Street station plaza.
The Roma Street Transit Centre has been called Brisbane's 'ugliest building'.CREDIT:GLENN HUNT
"Queenslanders are backing public transport, with a record 182 million trips taken across the south east last financial year, including an average of 19,000 people using the current Roma Street bus station each day,” Mr Bailey said.
“Once Cross River Rail is operational, 36,000 passengers are expected to use Roma Street every day to transfer between buses and trains, which is why we’re upgrading this important hub, taking hundreds of cars off the road and easing congestion."
This article first appeared on www.brisbanetimes.com.au
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