Development of the $3.6 billion Queen’s Wharf Brisbane project will continue following the relaxation of the heavy vehicle lock-out period during Covid-19.
The heavy vehicle lock-out periods have been lifted to support the mega project’s construction, as increasing restriction measures are put in place amid the pandemic.
Vehicles larger than 12.5 metres in length will now be able to enter and exit the Queen’s Wharf site between morning and afternoon peak times.
The lock-out periods help manage peak traffic in and out of the CBD, but due to the reduced traffic flow the state government has lifted the heavy vehicle lock-out period.
Developer Destination Brisbane Consortium said the latest decision allows truck movements to and from the Queens Wharf construction site an extra four hours a day.
Project director Simon Crooks said the measures allow the consortium to get more work done and be “more efficient and productive” during the Covid-19 period.
“This decision will assist us to make sure we can keep this development on track,” Crooks said.
The project is a privately-owned and operated joint venture between lead partner, Star Entertainment Group, Chow Tai Fook Enterprises and Far East Consortium.
Planning and state development minister Cameron Dick said the relaxation of the lock out periods is expected to remain in place until further notice.
“The relaxation of these lock out periods will help keep this city-changing project moving along,” Dick said.
The Queens Wharf and Cross River Rail projects make up 30 per cent of all cranes standing across Brisbane, according to the latest RLB crane index, with a combined 17 cranes.
The index shows 58 cranes stand across the city at the close of this year’s first quarter.
The Queens Wharf development now has ten cranes in operation on site, up from the previous count of four.
The Cross River Rail development has seven cranes installed on three sites at Roma Street, Albert Street and Leopold Street in Woolloongabba.
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