LM floats $68M for new river transport services

Brisbane river commuters will soon be able to get home quicker and safer with the Lord Mayor investing $68 million over the coming year to deliver new express ‘SpeedyCat’ services, a new CityCat, as well as major makeovers to ferry terminals.

Cr Quirk said Brisbane’s river transport network now serviced more than five million passengers every year and his 2018-19 Budget would ensure Council continued to provide world-class public transport services for commuters on the water.

“CityCats are icons of our New World City and Council will introduce around 100 new express ‘SpeedyCat’ services per week from September, that will travel from the University of Queensland and Northshore Hamilton, into the city,” he said.

“These new express services will operate during weekday peak periods, saving river commuters up to 24 minutes between Northshore Hamilton and Riverside, while passengers will be able to travel between the University of Queensland and North Quay in as little as 16 minutes.

“The express services will also stop at the North Quay, Riverside, Apollo Road, Teneriffe, Guyatt Park and West End terminals to boost travel options for residents, so they can spend less time travelling and more time at home with family and friends.”

Cr Quirk said Council would also be investing $4.5 million to deliver a larger, new generation CityCat, which would be a welcome addition to the current 21 vessel fleet that services 25 terminals across a 22-kilometre stretch of the Brisbane River.

“Brisbane’s CityCats have been operating along the river for more than 20 years and Council will this year build a bigger and better CityCat, with it set to hit the water during 2019,” he said.

“A further $19.3 million will be dedicated towards upgrading ferry terminals across the city, including a major overhaul of the Guyatt Park ferry terminal at St Lucia, with construction starting in the coming year.

“The upgrade will include replacing the existing pontoon with a new flood-resilient terminal that will be easily accessible for all ages and abilities.

“Council is committed to boosting travel options across the city and this upgrade will double the capacity of the terminal, with a new gangway and dual-berthing allowing two CityCats or ferries to dock at the same time.”

Cr Quirk said more than $18 million was already being invested to further activate the city’s river tourism and recreation infrastructure.

“Brisbane is a great place to live, work and relax and Council is committed to continuing to enhance lifestyle and leisure opportunities along the river, while providing more travel options for people of all ages and abilities,” he said.