Opening of Moreton Bay Rail Link (MBRL) to coincide with changes to the bus network

Bus services in Brisbane’s bayside suburbs will be revamped to coincide with the opening of the Moreton Bay Rail Link (MBRL) later this year.

The MBRL is a 14km dual-track passenger rail line from Lawton to Kippa-Ring, with six brand new stations constructed.

Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) flagged the changes in its recently released Moreton Bay Rail Link Community Consultation Report.

"Once the new network is implemented, we will regularly monitor patronage and demand on these routes and across the network to help determine where appropriate frequency of services may be needed," a TRM spokesperson says.

Community feedback helped TMR come up with changes to the bus network, in addition to those that were required anyway to link-in with the new rail services.

Bus services will run later on four routes, to allow customers to connect with the new train services throughout the day and increased operating hours on eight routes on weekends will be introduced.

Services every 15 minutes in the morning peak should also make life easier for those who rely on bus services in the area.

The introduction of these high frequency services means 31 per cent of residents will be within a 400 metres walking distance of a high frequency service in the morning peak, once the new rail line and bus services are operational.

A total of 17 bus routes will be rerouted to connect with the six new MBRL train stations, which should be operational by the middle of this year.

Source: Australasian Bus & Coach

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