Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Brisbane Lord Mayor commits to congestion-busting city plan

Brisbane Lord Mayor, Adrian Schrinner says a re-elected Schrinner Council till provide the city with a traffic congestion-busting plan to keep Brisbane moving.

The Lord Mayor says the four-year road and transport improvement package includes a new targeted key corridors program to upgrade some of Brisbane’s busiest roads, all funded within the existing budget.

“Brisbane is Australia’s fastest-growing capital city, and my united and experienced team is committed to keeping Brisbane moving,” he said.

“We’re committed to building better roads, improving public transport and we’re backing a new northside tunnel to help residents get home sooner and safer.

“The only alternative is a Green/Labor Coalition of Chaos which will cut road funding and ban cars from traffic lanes across Brisbane, causing commuter chaos.”

The Targeted Key Corridors are:

  • Inner City Bypass – $25 million
  • Upgrade to the Herston Road roundabout and Gilchrist Avenue at the ICB off-ramp to reduce queuing, including new footpaths and a shared path for hospital access.
  • Upgrade to Gregory Terrace and Bowen Bridge Road intersection near the Inner City Bypass on-ramp to reduce congestion and improve bus priority at the intersection.
  • Ipswich and Beaudesert roads – $10 million
  • Bus priority improvements
  • Bus jump lanes
  • Bus stop upgrades
  • Adjustment of traffic light signals
  • Milton Road, Toowong – $45 million – complete redesign, including upgraded traffic lights
  • Milton Road and Croydon Street intersection upgrade
  • Sylvan Road and Croydon Street intersection upgrade

The Council’s Suburban Congestion Busting Plan includes major upgrades to some of Brisbane’s key corridors, critical safety and congestion-busting improvements on local streets, new and improved active travel connections and better public transport, including Brisbane Metro.

The program, which is part of Team Schrinner’s Four Point Plan to keep Brisbane moving, will reduce congestion, improve network reliability and help residents get home sooner and safer, the Lord Mayor said today.

“Team Schrinner will invest more than $400 million on road upgrades ranging from the new targeted key corridors package to open level crossing removals and smaller suburban works,” he said.

This will include the Lindum Road safety upgrade, Beams Road project, Moggill Road Corridor upgrade, the Gardner Road upgrade and Council’s continued commitment of $40 million for each jointly funded open level crossing removal.

It will also invest more than $126 million on active transport projects, including a new bikeway along Shafston Avenue and new walking and cycling paths in high-growth suburbs like Pallara and Rochedale.

The $2 billion Plan includes an investment of more than $435 million to complete the first two Brisbane Metro lines and future expansions; while more than $200 million will deliver a future fleet of zero-emission vehicles, next-generation double-decker CityCats and the recently announced electric or hybrid ferry.

This package also includes more than $425 million to deliver road resurfacing, kerb and channelling across the suburbs and upgrades to suburban pedestrian and traffic bridges.

“While the State and Federal governments receive 97% of all revenue, they are increasing cost shifting onto councils,” the Lord Mayor said.

“We have the absurd situation right now where the Federal Government is increasing migration yet cutting infrastructure projects.

“To tackle congestion, we need all levels of government working together, not more cost-shifting.”

The Council’s $15 million upgrade to Brisbane’s traffic management system and $10 million Safer Schools Precincts are also part of the Suburban Congestion Busting Plan.

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