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    Transport/Main Roads
    The Honourable Stephen Bredhauer

    LOCAL MEMBERS MEET WITH TRANSPORT MINISTER

    Transport/Main Roads
    The Honourable Stephen Bredhauer

    Thursday, October 09, 2003

    LOCAL MEMBERS MEET WITH TRANSPORT MINISTER

    At a meeting with Transport Minister Steve Bredhauer today, local Members Ray Hollis and Dean Wells sought changes to Houghton Highway Bridge traffic management processes and public transport improvements.

    Both members raised concerns with the Minister over Wednesday's incident when a council contractor cut both the main power line and its back-up, thus disabling the tidal flow traffic control system.

    Mr Bredhauer apologised for the inconvenience to motorists caused by the contractor's actions, and said the matter would be fully investigated and the council asked to explain how the accident happened.

    Mr Hollis told Mr Bredhauer that improvements were needed to the management and reporting of major incidents so that traffic wasn't unnecessarily held up, particularly during peak times.

    Mr Hollis said: "I told the Minister that signs on the Gateway, for example, advising of incidents or congestion on bridge, would allow people to use the Anzac Avenue route before they were committed to travel via the bridge."

    "There aren't too many opportunities to turn around once motorists have left the Gateway, and this is a big part of the problem.

    "A variable message sign that is able to be programmed to carry information on the current traffic conditions on the bridge would be ideal," Mr Hollis said.

    Mr Bredhauer said: "I have asked my department to investigate the incident and look at ways to keep the middle lane open if the traffic control system is inoperable because of power failure," he said.

    Mr Wells urged the Minister to accelerate the State Government's current consideration of a package of public transport improvements for the Petrie Kippa-Ring corridor.

    Mr Wells said: "Public transport that works will get people off the roads, and off the bridge."

    "I know the new bus network plan - being delivered as part of the Government's new TransLink initiative - has the capacity to deliver very real benefits for people living between Redcliffe and Petrie.

    "However, I told the Minister that we need this work to be brought forward. Mr Bredhauer said: "I appreciate the seriousness of the concerns raised by Ray and Dean with me today, and I have given them an undertaking that these matters will be fully investigated.

    "I will be responding to them as quickly as possible," he said.

    MEDIA CONTACT/S: Louise Foley (for Mr Bredhauer), 3237 1949 or 0407 966 829 Dean Wells, 3239 1069 (electorate office) Ray Hollis, 3406 7170