|RBWH to be demolished for Metro depot|
The depot for the Brisbane Metro was originally planned to be at the former Go Print site in Wooloongabba. However, the state government recently scuppered that plan as that site was already proposed to be used for a Cross River Rail station. BCC have thus changed the site to be near the other end of the Brisbane Metro at Herston. Here is what the BCC spokesperson maybe had to say:
After we had to look for another site for the depot for "World Class" Brisbane Metro Subway System, the RBWH site in Herston was at the top of the list. There are three fantastic reasons why demolishing RBWH and building a metro depot on the site is a great opportunity, and shows that Brisbane is truly a "New World City":
- The Brisbane Metro was originally designed to stop one stop short of the RBWH at Herston. Rather than extending the Metro an extra stop at huge expense to the ratepayer, then why not just remove the huge trip generator that is RBWH instead.
- As the Brisbane Metro has less capacity than the existing busway, then we need to try and make less people use it so that everyone can get a seat. By demolishing RBWH, we will have less staff, patients, and visitors taking up all of those seats. Plus Liberal voters don't use public hospitals anyway.
- We get a great backhander from developers for demolishing buildings, especially if they are heritage listed, like a few of the buildings at RBWH. We can also sell the land rights above the depot, and have a great retirement.