Works Progressing Well on Adelaide Street for Brisbane Metro

Major progress has been made on the new Brisbane Metro tunnel, with crews excavating 10 metres along Adelaide Street in the past week alone. 

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The $1.7 billion project, slated for completion in 2024, will include a 213 metre tunnel connecting the inner-city to the new underground King George Square station. The tunnel aims to alleviate congestion by diverting up to one third of the 385 buses currently crowding CBD streets underground instead.

Workers have been excavating the tunnel, located 3.3 to 6.4 metres below Adelaide Street, since project commencement in February this year. The tunnelling is taking place through soft rock and is on schedule despite some minor initial setbacks. 

Adelaide Street
Key pedestrian, public transport and traffic changes from mid-February 2023 to late 2023 for Adelaide St (Photo credit:

The tunnel will join the Southeast Busway with the Inner Northern Busway past Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital, improving connections across Brisbane’s public transport network. City officials say the project will significantly modernise the city’s ageing infrastructure.

Adelaide Street Works

Adelaide Street
‘Adelaide Street Vision’ (Photo credit: Brisbane City Council)

The Adelaide Street tunnel is just one part of major Brisbane Metro construction underway in the Inner City North area. Other key projects include the new King George Square CBD station, Victoria Bridge upgrades, and track integration work on North Quay and William Street.

The Brisbane Metro is the centrepiece of the Brisbane City Council’s plan to upgrade transit infrastructure over the next two decades. 

In mid-February 2023, construction began on revitalisation efforts along Adelaide Street between George Street and Edward Street in Brisbane. The project, called the Adelaide Street Vision, is being undertaken by Brisbane Move on behalf of Brisbane City Council. 

Works include upgrades to footpaths, bus stops, landscaping, street furniture, lighting and relocating underground services. The project timeline runs until late 2024. 

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Construction is taking place during overnight hours from Sunday through Thursday in three phases in order to limit impacts on businesses, pedestrians, and public transport users along Adelaide Street.

Published 11-November-2023