Queensland Government unveils options for Brisbanes transport future

By: Jason Whittaker


While ruling out building a road bypass west of Brisbane, Acting Premier Paul Lucas says the Government is looking at

While ruling out building a road bypass west of Brisbane, Acting Premier Paul Lucas says the Government is looking at undertaking a number of upgrades to Queensland’s transport infrastructure.

Lucas today, along with Minister for Transport John Mickel, launched the next stage of the Government’s study into long-term plans for the transport sector.

Lucas says the Government had ruled out two surface road options for any western bypass because of low traffic volumes but would investigate a tunnel closer to the city as part of a long-term alternative.

"Even in 20 years - with the expected growth it would only carry from as low as 5000 vehicles a day on one option to 25,000 vehicles on another," he says.

"The numbers for a western bypass simply do not stack up but we are actively looking at a range of options that will make a significant difference to traffic and public transport in South East Queensland in the future."

This will include examining the viability of a tunnel from Toowong to Everton Park, a road link from Stafford to Aspley, and an upgrade of Stafford Road between Everton Park and Kedron.

"We are considering all types of transport options - walking, cycling, public transport, roads and freight," Lucas says.

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