Underground Bus and Train project - Environmental impact statement

Closed 13 Oct 2014

Opened 1 Sep 2014


Queensland's Coordinator-General invites you to have your say on the environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Underground Bus and Train project, also known as the Bus and Train project.

Prepared by the project proponent, the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, the EIS describes the project and its potential environmental impacts, both positive and negative. The EIS was prepared in accordance with terms of reference approved by the Coordinator-General.

The Coordinator-General seeks your views on the EIS, including the effectiveness of the strategies the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads proposes to manage the project's environmental impacts.

The Coordinator-General will consider all properly made submissions and the EIS provided by the proponent, before preparing a final evaluation report either approving or refusing the project.

About the project

The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads proposes to develop a 5.7 kilometre bus and train tunnel extending from Dutton Park in the south to Spring Hill in the north, via the Brisbane central business district (CBD).

The project’s key features are:

  • a single 5.7 kilometre tunnel, containing 2 rail tracks and 2 bus lanes integrated within the tunnel in a stacked arrangement
  • 3 new underground combined bus and rail stations at George Street and Roma Street in the Brisbane CBD, and at Woolloongabba
  • upgrades to the Dutton Park Rail Station
  • rail track and busway integration at Dutton Park and Spring Hill 
  • a new pedestrian and cyclist bridge to the north of Annerley Road Bridge
  • a new busway bridge over the Exhibition Line and Inner City Bypass (ICB) connecting to the Northern Busway and Gilchrist Avenue, Herston
  • an on-ramp connecting the Northern Busway and ICB westbound. 

Construction is planned to commence in 2015 and operations planned for 2021.

How to comment

1. Read the EIS:

Online by clicking here


Visit one of the following display locations between 1 September 2014 and 13 October 2014 to view a printed copy of the EIS:

  • Annerley Library, 450 Ipswich Road, Annerley
  • Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane
  • Fairfield Library, Fairfield Gardens Shopping Centre, Fairfield Road, Fairfield  
  • Grange Library, 79 Evelyn Street, Grange
  • Hamilton Library, Racecourse Road, Hamilton
  • State Library of Queensland, Cultural Precinct, Stanley Place, South Bank, Brisbane
  • Stones Corner Library, 280 Logan Road, Stones Corner


Order a free electronic copy or purchase a printed copy by telephoning 1800 010 875 or emailing batproject@tmr.qld.gov.au.

2. Make a submission before 5pm, 13 October 2014:

Click on 'Make a submission' below. 


Fill out the hard copy submission form below and send your submission to one of the following:

  • Emailunderground@coordinatorgeneral.qld.gov.au

  • Post: 
    The Coordinator-General
    C/- EIS project manager, Underground Bus and Train project
    Coordinated Project Delivery 
    Office of the Coordinator-General
    PO Box 15517
    City East Qld 4002 Australia

  • Fax: +61 7 3452 7486 


Relevant links

More information about the project

View the Underground Bus and Train project EIS

Read more about the EIS process

Final Terms of Reference


  • Community
  • Local government
  • Environmental
  • Industry
  • Interest group
  • State government


  • Environment
  • Major projects
  • Environmental impact statement