Drilling begins on $5m underground bus and train project

DRILLING has commenced under the Brisbane River as part of the Queensland Government's $5 billion Underground Bus and Train project.

Premier Campbell Newman said the drilling work was one of the first steps in a project that will revolutionise public transport in Brisbane.

"This exciting transport solution will create 18,400 full-time jobs (during construction) and reinforce this government's commitment to deliver better infrastructure and better planning," he said.

"The samples will be gathered by drilling at least 13 holes up to 60 metres deep into the river bed.

"The drill is located on a large barge that will move locations over the next few days between Lower River Terrace Park in Kangaroo Point and the City Botanic Gardens."

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the 5.4 km north-south tunnel with new underground stations at Woolloongabba, George Street and Roma Street would provide a critical new link in south-east Queensland's public transport network.

"This project is a great example of different levels of government working together to address the city's public transport capacity issues," Cr Quirk said.

"It will double the capacity of the rail and bus networks, take pressure off existing infrastructure and make way for future growth."


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