THE second stage of Brisbane's Eastern Busway project opened this week, with the government saying the project will vastly improve transport services to and from the east side of Brisbane.
The $465 million second stage of the project comprises a 1.05 kilometre bus-only corridor connecting Buranda to Main Avenue, Coorparoo and features two new busway stations at Stones Corner and Langlands Park.
The busway stations provide secure bicycle storage and, as part of the Stones Corner busway station, Beata Street has been transformed into a pedestrian and cycle only plaza.
"This section of busway will allow commuters to save up to 1.5 hours in travel time per week. Approximately 2,643 buses will service the new section the Eastern Busway each week, including five completely new routes," Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said.
Transport Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said this section of busway between Buranda and Main Avenue is the next stage in what will ultimately be the 20 kilometre long Eastern Busway.
"Ultimately, it will link suburbs such as Capalaba and Chandler through to Buranda, reducing travel times and providing commuters with convenient access to the city and Princess Alexandra Hospital," she said.
The first stage of the project, a 1.5 kilometre corridor between Princess Alexandra Hospital and the South East busway at Buranda, was completed in late 2009.