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Tunnelling starts on Legacy Way

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Anthony Albanese Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister

Bernie Ripoll Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer

Cr Graham Quirk Brisbane Lord Mayor

Joint Media Statement


Lord Mayor Graham Quirk will today press the button to launch the first tunnel boring machine to mark the start of tunnelling on Legacy Way. He will be joined by Mr Bernie Ripoll MP representing Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese.

The Lord Mayor said the milestone was another major step towards tackling traffic congestion in Brisbane and would almost halve peak hour travel times by connecting the Western Freeway at Toowong with the Inner City Bypass at Kelvin Grove.

“The launch of Annabell, our 2,800 tonne TBM machine has taken more than six months to assemble on site, but now she is ready to go,” Cr Quirk said.

“This milestone marks more than 16 months of work and brings us one step closer to being able to provide a four minute trip between Toowong and Kelvin Grove.

“The journey from now for Annabell will involve excavating more than 500,000 cubic metres of rock and dirt along the 4.6 kilometre tunnel from Toowong to the ICB, where it will then be transferred on the spoil conveyor to the Mt Coot-tha quarry.”

Cr Quirk acknowledged the Federal Labor Government’s support for the $1.5 billion project through $500 million in funding under the Nation Building Program.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said after several years of detailed planning, extensive community consultations and preconstruction activities, the ‘go’ button had been pressed on a project that was all about keeping Brisbane moving.

“We recognise that the task of modernising and expanding the City’s road, rail and public transport infrastructure is too big for any one level of government,” he said.

“That’s why we have partnered with Brisbane City Council on the Legacy Way project, and we are determined to get the job done.”

Once launched, the TBMs will be in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will tunnel through the rock beneath the surface of Toowong, Auchenflower, Milton, Paddington, Red Hill and Kelvin Grove.

The 110 metre TBM is expected to travel approximately 15 to 20 metres per day when it reaches peak operation and at its shallowest will tunnel 9 metres below ground.

Cr Quirk said the project was part of Council’s balanced approach to easing traffic congestion and would help to reduce the cost of congestion, which would rise to $3 billion per annum by 2020 if traffic issues are not addressed.

“Through Legacy Way we will be able to deliver $10.5 billion in flow on economic benefits including travel time savings, vehicle operating costs, environmental outcomes and improved road safety,” he said.

“We’ve already inducted more than 3,500 staff and workers, sub-contractors and specialists in a range of fields for the project, which will benefit our own local economy. Once Legacy Way is open in 2015, the project will have provided more than 5000 jobs to Brisbane’s economy.”

Mr Albanese said Legacy Way was just one of a number Federally-funded projects being rolled out across Australia’s fastest growing region.

“Already we have committed $6.5 billion to modernising and expanding south east Queensland’s road, rail and public transport infrastructure. This is an unprecedented level of Federal investment in the region,” he said.

Legacy Way’s second TBM - Joyce - has started to arrive at the Toowong worksite and is expected to start tunnelling later this year. Both TBMs are expected to complete their journey at the eastern worksite in late 2013.

Mr Bernie Ripoll MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, said for years traffic congestion caused by the bottleneck at the end of the Centenary Motorway had been a major source of frustration for the residents of the Western Corridor.

“I’m proud that the Federal Government has been able to work with other levels of government to deliver projects like the Legacy Way tunnel and the upgraded Ipswich Motorway,” he said.

“These projects are important pieces in the puzzle of easing traffic congestion and reducing travel times for motorists in the Western Corridor.”

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Media Contacts For Mr Albanese: Jeff Singleton 0410 476 890

For Cr Quirk: Nick Kennedy 0437 831 581


 The first TBM - Annabell - has been commissioned at the Toowong worksite.

 Her cutter head measures 12.4 metres in diameter, which is about the same size as a four-storey building.

 She weighs 2,800 tonnes, about the same as 280 Brisbane City Council buses.

 She is 110 metres long or about the same length as a football field.

 When operating, it is estimated she will progress ABOUT 15 to 20 metres per day.

 'Annabell' has been painted in the blue and red colours of Legacy. Once Legacy Way opens, one cent from each toll will be donated to Legacy. This is expected to raise $600,000 for Legacy in the first five years of operation.

 The TBM is named after Annabell MacKinney, the daughter of the late Lance Corporal Jared MacKinney, who was tragically killed in action in Afghanistan in 2010, and representative of the many children left without a father as a result of their service in the Australian Defence Force.

 As a nurse during World War II, Joyce Tweddell showed immense courage after being held as a prisoner of war in Sumatra for three years, before going on to become Queensland’s Chief Radiographer.

 Once launched, the TBMs will be in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 Each of the TBMs has been recycled from parts of the CLEM7 TBMs, which resulted in significant savings to the project.

 Each of the Legacy Way tunnel boring machines (TBMs) is 110m long, which is about the same length as a football field.

 Each TBM weighs 2,800 tonnes and is 12.4m in diameter (about the same size as a four-storey building).

 It will take a crew of 21 to operate each TBM.

 Legacy Way’s TBMs will excavate approximately 1 million cubic metres of rock and dirt, the equivalent of 400 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

 Approximately 38,700 pre-cast segments will be used to provide the structural lining of Legacy Way’s twin parallel tunnels.


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