From 1 January 2017, Queens Wharf Road (adjacent to the Brisbane River) was permanently closed to traffic and a section of William Street (between Elizabeth Street and Margaret Street) and will be closed to pedestrian and vehicle traffic for the period of the Integrated Resort Development (IRD)’s construction.
To stay informed about traffic conditions and changes visit Department of Transport and Main Roads or call 13 19 40.
To facilitate the $3.6B Queen's Wharf Brisbane (QWB) IRD, on 1 January 2017 the State and Destination Brisbane Consortium (DBC) closed part of William Street and Queens Wharf Road to normal traffic. The road closures, which falls within the Queen's Wharf Brisbane Priority Development Area (PDF, 440.0KB) were approved by Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) and publicly notified on 16 December 2016.
As the development area is a construction site, due to the road closures a number of motorcycle parking spaces within the development area are no longer available.
As of August 2017, Brisbane City Council and the State Government installed over 115 new spaces to replace those lost from the QWB precinct.
For detailed information on motorcycle parking, view the Brisbane City Council's interactive map by searching for 'Inner city motorcycle parking' on the Brisbane City Council website.
The Bicentennial Bikeway, under the Riverside Expressway, is used by a large number of cyclists and pedestrians.
In 2016 the developer, DBC conducted cycle and pedestrian counts for the number of users along the path to gauge the peak and non-peak times.
The Bicentennial Bikeway will remain open during the excavation and shoring phase. However, during the construction period, DBC and its contractors are required to maintain the function of the bikeway, facilitating for safe construction activities near or across the bikeway.
When upgrades are being made to the bikeway, the route for cyclists and pedestrians may change or be diverted depending on construction works throughout the six-year build.
From 16 July 2018 to October 2019, a 500m section of the bikeway was temporary closed between the Goodwill Bridge and the area behind 1 William Street. The bikeway was transformed to include a 3-metre-wide separated bikeway, with improved lines of sight and the removal of dangerous pinch points, an adjoining 2-metre-wide pedestrian path and a dedicated Mangrove Walk for pedestrians. Traffic controllers assist with the safe management of route changes when necessary.
Public notification for this temporary diversion began in May 2018 and included extensive consultation with near neighbours, cycle groups and construction notices to the public and a social media campaign across several platforms
Upon opening, Queen's Wharf Brisbane will provide high quality end of trip facilities for staff, residents and visitors to the precinct.
Further information on this Bicentennial Bikeway diversion is available on the QWB website Bikeway Upgrade Fact Sheet.
Cyclists are encouraged to subscribe to and receive latest news and construction updates direct from the developer, by selecting "stay informed" on the Queen's Wharf Brisbane website or by following on Facebook.
From 1 January 2017, pedestrian access along William Street was closed between Stephen's Lane and Margaret Streets, and the west side of George Street (between Charlotte and Margaret Streets). William Street will reopen upon completion of the development.
Pedestrian traffic will need to continue to keep to the east side of George Street for this section of the road (bus stop 108 outside Harris Terrace will remain active for afternoon services during the demolition period).
From 16 July 2018 to October 2019, the Bicentennial Bikeway, a shared cycle and pedestrian pathway, will be temporary closed from the Goodwill Bridge through to the back of 1 William Street. This 500 metre section of the bikeway was transformed to include a 3-metre-wide separated bikeway, a 2-metre-wide pedestrian path and a dedicated Mangrove Walk constructed on the Brisbane River for pedestrians.
Public notification for this temporary diversion began in early May 2018, and included extensive consultation with near neighbours, cycle groups and construction notices to the public and a social media campaign across several platforms.
Further information is available on the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane website’s Bikeway Upgrade Fact Sheet.
Pedestrians are encouraged to subscribe to receive latest news and construction updates direct from the developer, by selecting “stay informed” on the Queen's Wharf Brisbane website or by following on Facebook.
On Monday 12 December 2016, CBD bus stops and routes changed to allow for the road closures of William Street and Queen’s Wharf Road, associated with the QWBIRD . All bus services continue to run but may travel a different route and use different bus stops.
- Temporary bikeway diversion while improvements are underway (PDF, 873.9KB)
- Traffic and transport (PDF, 1021.3KB)
Frequently asked questions
Have the transport impacts been considered?
The state has been working with Brisbane City Council (BCC) and the Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) on traffic and transport solutions to minimise disruptions to the CBD and ensure that visitors are aware of any construction impacts in advance.
As part of the PoD application, DBC has submitted a Traffic Engineering Report to EDQ for approval as part of the PoD, which will then be followed by Traffic Management Plans for each different construction and operational phase.
Which streets will be closed?
On 1 January 2017 William Street (between Elizabeth Street and Margaret Street) was closed and will be closed for the duration of construction which is for approximately six years. Along with this, Queen's Wharf Road was closed permanently. These road closures allow the safe demolition of the three non-heritage buildings and mitigate potential impacts to pedestrian and traffic.
DBC will be controlling and managing the changes, as they will primarily be responsible for executing those changes.
How will I be advised of the traffic and transport changes?
Traffic and travel changes (e.g. congestion, hazards, road works, etc) will be publicly notified QLDTraffic facilitating a single point of contact for road users.
It is recommended interested parties subscribe to receive construction updates by clicking ‘stay informed’ on the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane website.
What pedestrian and traffic management changes have been implemented to facilitate safety?
The Department of State Development formed a Traffic and Transport Working Group (TTWG) consisting of the DTMR, BCC, DBC and independent expert advisors to consider traffic and transport impacts during the various stages of the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Integrated Resort Development.
The TTWG is responsible for considering the entire CBD transport network when making decisions relating to the project.
Changes that have occurred include:
- upgrades to a number of CBD intersections from mid to late 2016 to minimise congestion and facilitate the closure of William Street and Queens Wharf Road during construction.
- upgrades to the intersection of William and Elizabeth Streets to allow vehicles to safety exit the Treasury car park from William Street and to enhance pedestrian safety.
- a scrambled pedestrian crossing was introduced on the corner of George Street and Margaret Streets to enhance pedestrian safety.
- crossing improvements on the William/Margaret Street intersection were made to manage a vast number of pedestrians and ensure both pedestrian and vehicular safety.
- changes made to the Elizabeth Street off-ramp so that buses can efficiently access both the Queen Street Bus Station and King George Street Bus Station.
Are you closing or removing the Riverside Expressway or any of its off-ramps?
There are no permanent closures to the Riverside Expressway or any of its on or off ramps. For limited periods of time, temporary lane closures will be required to safely construct the Riverview Plaza and The Neville Bonner Bridge. These works will be conducted outside peak periods in accordance with existing works and maintenance practices for this vital piece of transport infrastructure.
DBC will work with the state on the best possible solution to build Riverview Plaza and the new pedestrian bridge over the Riverside Expressway to minimise impact to commuters.
Last updated: 11 Feb 2020