A new free bus will from early 2023 run for 12 months through inner-city Brisbane to tempt people out of their cars as big construction projects ramp up.
The free bus will run a triangular “loop” at South Brisbane, along Vulture Street past Brisbane State High School as far as Tribune Street, around to Grey Street and back towards Kurilpa Point, then down Montague Road until it meets Vulture Street again.
It will allow residents, students and workers to get to local primary and secondary schools, to the popular West End Markets, Queensland Museum, the State Library of Queensland, the Queensland Performing Arts Complex and South Bank Parklands.
The 10-minute loop also runs past West End’s main retail centre on Boundary Street.
The free bus service coincides with major work for the Brisbane Metro project around the Queensland Cultural Centre and extra traffic along Montague Road, a major thoroughfare between South Brisbane and West End.
Brisbane City Council transport committee chair Ryan Murphy said the free bus trial was introduced to ease traffic congestion as construction on big projects increased.
“As construction on some big and exciting projects, including Brisbane Metro, ramp up, it’s important we continue to make it easy for people to get around,” Murphy said.
“In South Brisbane, there will be major Brisbane Metro works at the Cultural Centre Precinct along with ongoing work on other projects, including Cross River Rail and a number of residential and commercial buildings.