Boggo Road Busway Opening

August 2, 2009

In what appears to be a bit of a recurring trend I attended another Busway opening today. This time it was the Boggo Road Busway which links the Princess Alexandra Hospital to the Eleanor Schonell Bridge and the St Lucia campus of the University of Queensland.

The Boggo Road Busway was a $226 million dollar project constructed by Thiess. The busway is comprised of two stations, two tunnels, and travels under the former Boggo Road Gaol, which was infamous for housing some of Australia’s most dangerous criminals.

There is a station at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, and another adjacent to Park Road Railway Station, which for some reason is called Boggo Road Station, just to make it a little bit confusing for people.

One of the tunnels is a driven tunnel, which is 630 metres long. The second tunnel is of a shorter length and is a cut and cover tunnel.

Between the Boggo Road Station and the Princess Alexandra Hospital Station, one of the retaining walls has some artwork installed on the wall (see the pictures below). The artists for the installation were Amanda Harris and Alanah Walker. Apparently the artwork is:

“is reflective of the origins of the word boggo, which is possibly derived from the word bloggo, thought to be from the local indigenous language and meaning two leaning trees”.

I liked the art, although I though it looked like butterflies.

I took some pictures. Check them out below.

PA Hospital Station

PA Hospital Station

Transition Structure to Cut and Cover Tunnel

Transition Structure to Cut and Cover Tunnel

Artwork

Artwork

Artwork

Artwork

Boggo Road Station

Boggo Road Station

Interior of Driven Tunnel

Interior of Driven Tunnel

Interior of Driven Tunnel

Interior of Driven Tunnel

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