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Planning and Investigation of the Airport Link Tunnel and Northern Busway, Brisbane


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Author D Stewart, A de Aboitiz and T Peglas


The Queensland Government, via the special purpose
company vehicle – City North Infrastructure Pty Ltd – is currently developing
Brisbane’s Airport Link underground toll road and Northern Busway (Windsor to
Airport Link is a predominantly underground toll road
planned between Brisbane’s northern suburbs, the airport and the Brisbane
Central Business District (CBD) frame. The Northern Busway forms part of
Brisbane’s expanding busway network, sections of which will be jointly delivered
with Airport Link.

Airport Link will connect the North-South Bypass Tunnel, Inner City Bypass
and local road network at Bowen Hills to the northern arterials of Gympie Road
and Stafford Road at Kedron and Sandgate Road and the East-West Arterial in the
city’s north-east.

The Northern Busway is a two-lane, two-way bus-only roadway proposed to
connect the existing Inner Northern Busway at Herston with Windsor, Lutwyche,
Kedron, Chermside, Aspley and Bracken Ridge.

Airport Link and Northern Busway (Windsor to Kedron) is one of the largest
infrastructure projects planned in the first phase of the State Government’s
South East Queensland Infrastructure Plan and Program.

The paper will provide an overview of the projects, including a discussion on
the technical and environmental aspects as well as the procurement of the
Airport Link as a public private partnership.