King George Square busway station

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King George Square
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Station statistics
Address Albert Street, Brisbane
Coordinates 27°28′07″S 153°01′27″E / 27.468603°S 153.024136°E / -27.468603; 153.024136
Platforms 2
Other information
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by TransLink
Fare zone 1
Services
Preceding station   Translink   Following station
Terminus
Northern Busway
toward RWBH (current) and
Bracken Ridge (proposed)

King George Square is a busway station located underneath King George Square in the heart of Brisbane CBD; it also marks the start of the TransLink's Northern Busway. The station has twelve stops on two platforms; access to these platforms is via an underground concourse which can be accessed from Ann Street or Adelaide Street. Unlike other bus stops and stations, passengers do not hail down the bus, instead passengers wait behind automatic doors on the stop that is assigned to their bus, similar to the Queen Street bus station.

The station was announced in 2005 to complete the then Inner Northern Busway; construction started in early 2006 with the station opening to buses on 19 May 2008.

Construction[edit]

The King George Square Busway Station was announced in 2005.[1] Construction commenced in early 2006 and the Station became operational on 19 May 2008. The lower two levels of the King George Square Car Park were also demolished to make way for the Busway Station.

A bus tunnel has been constructed under Albert Street to link the station with Queen Street Bus Station. The bus tunnel replaced one of the tunnel exit ramps to the Queen Street Bus Station on Albert Street (see photo below). As part of construction, the space in Albert Street above the new tunnel has been converted into a pedestrian mall extending the Queen Street Mall.

In conjunction with the building of the Station, there was a national design competition for the redevelopment of King George Square. The winning entry was entitled A Space in Transition by UrbisJHD.[2] Construction of the Square was completed in October 2009.[3]

Facilities[edit]

The King George Square Busway Station has 12 stops on two platforms (6 Stops each labelled 1A-1F and 2A-2F). Similar to the Queen Street bus station passengers wait behind automatic doors at allocated stops rather than hailing buses. [4] Passengers enter the Station from either Ann Street or Adelaide Street and then select the desired platform via an underground concourse at each end.

The Busway Station also features a Customer Information Centre and bike station, cycle2city, located in the Ann Street Concourse. However, bicycles are not allowed on the Station's platforms.

King George Square busway station

Services[edit]

The King George Square Busway Station primarily services routes travelling to the Northern and Western Suburbs (departing from Platform 1). A small number of routes travelling to Southern and Eastern Suburbs, including the South East Busway depart from Platform 2.[5] For a list of services, see below.

QUT/Woolloongabba Shuttle Services[edit]

Co-inciding with the opening of the King George Square Busway, Translink introduced a high-frequency shuttle bus (Route 66) connecting Woolloongabba Busway Station with QUT Kelvin Grove via all central stops on the Northern and South East Busways.

Connection to Queen Street[edit]

As of 2009, no Northern Busway services directly connect King George Square Busway Station with the Queen Street Bus Station. After stopping at King George Square (Platform 2), a number of inbound (Southbound) services bypass the Queen Street Bus Station and stop or terminate at the Cultural Centre on the southern side of the Brisbane River, and vice versa. However, King George Square Busway Station and the Queen Street Bus Station are only a short walking distance apart.

Peak Hour Services[edit]

Following successful trials as other Busway Stations, Translink has introduced a Peak Hour Prepaid restriction in order to improve efficiency of buses departing from the Station. During the evening peak passengers must use a Go Card or pre-purchase tickets from operators located on the Ann Street and Adelaide Street concourses prior to boarding buses.

Photos related to King George Square Busway Station[edit]

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