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Construction projects at South Bank

South Bank Parklands is undergoing significant transformation, with many exciting construction projects currently underway in the precinct. 

This page will provide information about the upcoming impacts of construction to South Bank Parklands visitors.

Neville Bonner Bridge

The Neville Bonner Bridge will link both sides of the Brisbane River, forming a stronger connection between the popular South Bank arts and cultural precinct and the future Queen’s Wharf Brisbane precinct.

Upcoming impacts to South Bank:

Between 9:30am and 2pm on Monday 18 January 2021, a temporary gantry will be installed over Clem Jones Promenade spanning between the river and the bridge compound in South Bank. Clem Jones Promenade will be closed between the Russell Street Ramp and the Riverside Open Space area during this period. Traffic controllers will be in place to re-direct pedestrians and cyclists to a temporary detour. Cyclists will need to dismount and follow the detour route. South Bank 1 and 2 Ferry Terminals will remain open with access managed by traffic control.

For more information about the project, please visit the Queens Wharf Brisbane website.

Easter long weekend train track closures

Major train track closures are taking place over the Easter long weekend.

Upcoming impacts to South Bank Parklands:

Travel to and from South Bank and South Brisbane stations will be impacted from the first service Friday 2 April (Good Friday) until the last service on Monday 5 April (Easter Monday).

For more information, please visit the Translink website.

New Performing Arts Venue

In May 2018, the Queensland Government announced it would invest $125 million over four years to deliver a new $150 million theatre on the Playhouse Green site co-located with and operated by QPAC. 

The New Performing Arts Venue (NPAV) is a new $150 million theatre will deliver a minimum 1500 seat theatre to meet existing audience and producer demand and support continued growth of performing arts in Queensland.

Upcoming impacts to South Bank:

From Friday 9 October 2020 piling works will begin within the construction site located on the corner of Russell Street and Grey Street, impacts include: 

- On site there will be increased movement of heavy machinery, such as excavation and cranes, to facilitate construction activity;
- Increased truck movements per day and semi-trailers exiting site via Grey Street to Vulture Street (13 – 15 October). Traffic control will be in place to ensure the safe entry and exit of vehicles from the site;
- Some construction noise, dust and vibration will occur. Every effort will be made to minimise these impacts including ensuring machinery is operating only when required, and noise and vibration monitoring will also be in place.

Russell Street and Grey Street will be impacted by works from 12 October 2020 which include:

- Reduced traffic speed to 20km per hour;
- Removal of on-road bicycle lanes;
- Pedestrian access routes will be maintained, with alternative routes provided and signed;
- The passenger drop-off zone in Russell Street will have restricted access under the control of traffic controllers from 6:30am – 6:30pm. Due to large machinery entering and exiting the site;
- Vehicles will be asked to seek an alternate drop off location along Grey Street; 
- Removal of the right-hand turn into the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) car park from Grey Street. Patrons will be able to access the BCEC car park via a left-hand turn from Grey Street.

Truck movements will occur during the regular construction hours of 6:30am - 6:30pm.

This will enable the delivery of materials to the site, semi-trailers (including wide-load vehicles) will travel along Grey Street to and from the construction site at the corner of Grey and Russell Streets. There may be some noise. In the event of wet weather or unforeseen circumstances, these activities may be rescheduled for the next available shift.

For more information about the project, please visit the Arts Queensland website.

Cross River Rail

The $5.4 billion Cross River Rail is a new 10.2 kilometre rail line from Dutton Park to Bowen Hills, which includes 5.9 kilometres of tunnel under the Brisbane River and CBD.

Upcoming impacts to South Bank:

No current impacts.

For more information about the project, please visit the Cross River Rail website.

Brisbane Metro

Connecting the city to the suburbs, Brisbane Metro will be a key part of Brisbane’s greater transport network. Metro services will run along dedicated busways and link with suburban bus and train services as part of a better planned network.

Upcoming impacts to South Bank:

No current impacts.

For more information about the project, please visit the Brisbane City Council website.

Clem Jones Promenade

Over the coming months, several walkway beams will be remediated along the lower section of the Clem Jones Promenade, in front of Streets Beach. These beams require remediation as a result of general wear and tear – this will ensure that structural integrity is maintained and that visitors to the Parklands can continue to enjoy the Brisbane River and parklands precinct for years to come. 

Upcoming impacts to South Bank:

Works will take place from Thursday 3 December 2020 until mid-2021, weather permitting. While most works will occur between 7am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, please note that occasional weekend and night works may be required to account for the tidal nature of the Brisbane River, which is adjacent to the work site.

To ensure that the works are completed safely, the lower promenade boardwalk area will be closed to pedestrians for the duration of the project, along with exclusive use of Pontoon C during construction. 

Pontoon C will be closed to the public, however Pontoon B will remain unaffected by these works. The upper promenade will remain open for pedestrian and cyclist use as per usual. The works may also generate some noise and dust in the immediate area. Intermittent access to the site will be via Sidon Street with significant construction material delivered via barge along the Brisbane River. 

If you have any questions for feedback, please contact [email protected]

Victoria Bridge closure to general traffic

Victoria Bridge will close to general traffic on Sunday 24 January 2021.

Upcoming impacts to South Bank

The closure will impact bridge users travelling in the two general traffic lanes between Melbourne Street and Grey Street in South Brisbane, across to the intersection of William St and North Quay in CBD. General traffic includes all non-public transport vehicles, including private cars, motorcycles, commercial coaches, rideshare vehicles and taxis. Public transport buses will still use the busway bus lanes, and footpaths will remain open to pedestrians, cyclists and other footpath users.

This closure is to allow both the Brisbane Metro project and the CityLink Cycleway trial to be built, which will increase the capacity of both public and active transport to and from the city centre.

For more information about the project, please visit the Brisbane City Council website.

Tribune Street – partial road and footpath closure

Partial closure of the left turning lane and footpath on Tribune Street (between Grey Street and the railway bridge) will be in place from 1 - 6 February 2021, 6:00am to 6:00pm daily.

Upcoming impacts to South Bank:

Traffic control will be onsite to facilitate the closure and one lane will be available for through traffic.