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Metropolitan region

The Metropolitan region covers 2965km2, or around 0.2% of Queensland. This area is divided by the Brisbane River and extends from Mount Glorious in the north, to Logan City in the south, and from Point Lookout, Stradbroke Island in the east, to the west of Helidon and the major centre of Ipswich. Host to the capital city of Queensland with a river curling around its landscape, the Metropolitan region is home to a world-class international airport; a busy international port; a comprehensive road and rail network; a fully-integrated public transport and ticketing system; and vibrant entertainment and sporting venues. The region is home to 31.97% of Queensland’s total population. Although the region is small in geographic area, it consists of 527km of the state controlled road network, and 89km of the National Land Transport Network.

Regional facts

Metropolitan district 
Metropolitan district Qld 
Area covered


Population of Queensland


Data source: Queensland Government Statistician's Office (Queensland Treasury), Queensland Regional Profiles (retrieved 16 May 2019)


State-controlled roads**


National Land Transport Network**


Vehicle and machinery inspections


Boating infrastructures


Community safety events held


Vehicle safety inspections completed




Drivers licence tests conducted


Customer face-to-face interaction


Priority enabled intersection

Data source: *Bridge Information System (BIS), 30 June 2019
Data source: **A Road Management Information System (ARMIS), 2019


  • Completed construction of the $1.143 billion1 Gateway Upgrade North project to widen the Gateway Motorway to 6 lanes between Nudgee and Bracken Ridge.
  • Undertook the $210,000 Bulimba Peninsula Transport and Congestion Study.
  • Completed $4.5 million safety improvements at Mount Cotton Road and Sanctuary Drive intersection.
  • Completed $700,000 dredging works at Kedron Brook at Brisbane Airport floodway entrance.
  • Completed Stage 1 of the Buranda Transit Oriented Development.
  • Completed the $400,000 planning for the Centenary Motorway Cycleway (Richlands Train Station-Springfield).
  • Completed upgrade works at the $170,000 Scarborough, Thurecht Parade boat ramp, widening to 4 lanes.
  • Commenced Stages 2 and 3 of the $13.2 million North Brisbane Bikeway, running from Somerset Street, Windsor to Rigby Street, Wooloowin.

Veloway 1 Cycleway, Stage E

Construction of the $45.7 million Veloway 1 Cycleway (V1) Stage E is underway.

Stage E is the biggest single package of works in the entire V1 project and will provide a 1.4km path for people riding bikes between Birdwood Road, Holland Park West, and Gaza Road in Tarragindi.

The V1 is a dedicated cycleway to connect Brisbane CBD and Eight Mile Plains adjacent to the Pacific Motorway. The 17km bicycle path will provide a safe and efficient route for people riding bikes and will encourage more cycling, more often, for riders of all ages and abilities.

Safety for bicycle riders will be improved along the route by providing physical separation from motorists with bridges over Marshall Road, Sterculia Avenue, and Bapaume Road at the Gaza Road off-ramp laying the foundations for future growth.

The V1 will also provide better connectivity to the local bike networks, hospitals, shopping centres, and education facilities.

For more information on Veloway 1 Pacific Motorway

Victoria Point Central bus station

Construction has commenced on the new $9.8 million Victoria Point Central bus station which will deliver improved safety and efficiency for passengers while improving travel times and service reliability. The improved facilities will also provide capacity to meet the growing population and demand for bus services. The new bus station, providing bus platforms on either side of Cleveland-Redland Bay Road, between Bunker Road at Victoria Point Shopping Centre, will include:

  • 2 new high quality sheltered platforms with capacity for 6 buses
  • improved customer comfort and safety through improved lighting and security cameras
  • new bicycle storage
  • bus driver facilities to support improved network operations.

Relocation of the station will provide centralised access to local facilities and improve travel for the broader community, supporting local economic and community development for Victoria Point.

Demand Responsive Transport pilot in Logan

As the transport environment is increasingly changing, the department will need to adapt through new service delivery options such as Demand Responsive Transport (DRT).

A trial of this public transport mode in select Logan suburbs has highlighted the effectiveness of the service in providing greater public transport coverage and resident access to nearby destinations in low density areas which can be challenging to traditional bus services.

Provided by local taxi operator Yellow Cabs, the service brings together small groups of people who are looking to travel at the same time. It uses advanced technology to plan the most efficient route, picking up each passenger and taking them to major public transport stations and local facilities.

Patronage on the trial has grown steadily with over 50,000 passenger trips being taken since its inception. Feedback indicates that customer satisfaction is high. As an outcome of the trial, TMR is investigating the integration of DRT as part of the broader public transport network including exploring opportunities for customer registration, journey planning, booking and trip management to be delivered through a single application.

Continuation of the trial will provide the necessary time for TMR to complete investigations and potentially deliver on an integrated technology option for DRT. This is consistent with learnings from the Logan trial that have shown that DRT service models should be integrated with the wider network and systems.

The technology platform has the potential to integrate booking, journey planning and payment in 1 application, and is a first step towards Mobility as a Service (MaaS) in Queensland. MaaS is where mobility solutions are consumed as a service, rather than individuals owning and organising their own modes of transport.

Man walking to maxi taxi

The Demand Responsive Transport pilot operating at the Logan Hyperdome, Logan.

For more information on Demand Responsive Transport

Macleay Island new boating facility

The long-awaited new recreational boat launching facility was completed in November 2018. TMR provided $1.74 million from the Marine Infrastructure Fund to Redland City Council to deliver the project as part of the Macleay Island foreshore redevelopment project.

A new boat ramp for Macleay Island has been in the pipeline for several years, with locals keen to see an upgraded facility that separates recreational boaties from the barge service.

The new recreational facility boasts a 2-lane ramp with the provision for a future floating walkway to be installed on a third lane.

Aerial view of boat ramp and road

Macleay Island’s new two lane boat ramp.

Albion Transit Oriented Development

TMR is facilitating a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) outcome at Albion Train Station using underutilised and surplus state-owned land. Following a procurement process and concept design phase, the selected developer (Albion TOD Pty Ltd, represented by Geon Property) lodged the first 2 development applications for assessment in September and October 2018.

The proposed $750 million development includes mixed use retail, residential and commercial development centred around the Albion Train Station. As part of the project, the developer will deliver $28.7 million of transport infrastructure improvements including improved access to Albion Train Station, Disability Discrimination Act 1992 compliant improvements, consolidated commuter park ‘n’ ride infrastructure and improved pedestrian and cyclist connectivity.

Construction of stage 1 is expected to commence in early-2020.

Concept design of Albion train station featuring passengers, trains, stairs and a bridge

Concept design of the Albion transit-oriented development.

For more information on Transit Oriented Developments

Ipswich Motorway Upgrade – Rocklea to Darra (Stage 1)

TMR continued to deliver the $400 million Rocklea to Darra (Stage 1) project (R2D), jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government, as part of the Ipswich Motorway Upgrade.

R2D will improve travel time reliability, safety, local connectivity and flood immunity by:

  • providing safer access to and from the motorway
  • increasing motorway capacity
  • constructing higher bridges over the Oxley Creek area
  • providing improved active transport facilities
  • providing better local road connectivity.

In July 2018, the scope of Stage 1 of the project was increased to include the Boundary Road Connection, within the already committed funding.

A major milestone was reached in March 2019 with the successful completion of the temporary realignment of both east and westbound traffic utilising the recently-completed new service roads and bridges.

R2D will upgrade the existing motorway from 4 to 6 lanes and include new service roads and 7 new bridges. The project will also deliver improved active transport connections with shared pedestrian and cycle pathways throughout and a dedicated separated cycle pathway along the northern service road.

Aerial view of construction on motorway

Ipswich Motorway Upgrade – Rocklea to Darra (Stage 1) project: Construction of new motorway bridges over Oxley Creek floodplain (Photo credit: R2D Aerials Press 39).

North Stradbroke Public Transport Study

The department is delivering the North Stradbroke Island Public Transport Study, which is 1 of 23 initiatives under the Queensland Government’s North Stradbroke Island Economic Transition Strategy.

TMR worked with key stakeholders, including representatives from state and local government, community and business organisations, to develop a strategy for enhancing the public transport network in a way that supports economic development while maintaining cultural, environmental and community values.

The department undertook community consultation regarding the study which attracted more than 720 online and hard-copy survey submissions, and conducted information sessions on the island which more than 100 people attended.

Following this, the draft North Stradbroke Island Public Transport Strategy is to be released for public consultation in mid-late 2019.

Surfers swimming at the beach

Headland at Point Lookout (Photo credit: Tourism and Events Queensland).

South Brisbane Transport and Mobility Study

Brisbane’s inner south is experiencing rapid change with strong population growth, high-density development, and busy centres and tourism hotspots in the area generating high rates of visitation. Additionally, major new public transport infrastructure initiatives, such as Cross River Rail, are set to transform the transport experience in the area.

The department has been investigating these pressures and opportunities through the South Brisbane Transport and Mobility Study to develop a coordinated approach to the area’s transport future. The study has been community-led, putting local knowledge and experience at its centre.

To enable the community to reach us when it was convenient for them, TMR delivered a combined digital and face-to-face engagement program featuring:

  • a 24-hour online interactive map and survey
  • 14 pop-up community engagement booths
  • meetings with stakeholders and community organisations.

TMR is using this valuable local knowledge to guide and inform the development of transport initiatives for Brisbane’s inner south.

Future priorities

  • Continue delivering the $400 million2 Ipswich Motorway: Rocklea – Darra (Stage 1) project, to upgrade the motorway from 4 to 6 lanes from just east of the Oxley Road roundabout to the Granard Road interchange at Rocklea.
  • Commence construction of the $80 million3 Sumners Road interchange upgrade over the Centenary Motorway.
  • Commence detailed design for the $20 million4 Centenary Bridge upgrade (Stage 1 northbound) on the Centenary Highway at Jindalee.
  • Complete construction of the $42.7 million Veloway 1 (V1) Cycleway (Stage E) project between Birdwood Road in Holland Park West and Gaza Road at Tarragindi.
  • Continue construction of the North Brisbane Bikeway (Stage 2 and 3) between Windsor and Wooloowin, to link Brisbane’s CBD to the northern suburbs.
  • Complete design for the $4 million North Brisbane Bikeway (Stage 4) between Rigby Street and Price Street.
  • Complete design for the new $44.5 million5 Springfield Central train station multi-storey park ‘n’ ride facility.
  • Commence construction of the Ferny Grove Transit Orientated Development at Ferny Grove train station.
  • Continue the $1.5 million Old Northern Road intersection upgrade at Albany Creek.
  • Continue to deliver key park ‘n’ ride projects at Eight Mile Plains, Springfield Central, Geebung, Virginia, Lindum, Darra, Salisbury, Cannon Hill and Ebbw Vale stations.
  • Commence upgrade of the $20.5 million passenger ferry terminals on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.
  • Continue planning for the $53 million progressive upgrade of Gympie Road, through bus priority works and intersection improvements.


  • 1 Reflects Life to Date expenditure for project.
  • 2 Includes Australian Government funding of $200 million. The Queensland Government contribution includes $88.4 million from the State Infrastructure Fund - Priority Economic Works and Productivity Program.
  • 3 Funded through the Queensland Government’s Significant Regional Infrastructure Projects and Program, as part of the State Infrastructure Fund.
  • 4 Funding for this project is for pre-construction activities only.
  • 5 Jointly delivered by Queensland Rail and Department of Transport and Main Roads.