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    Minister for Transport
    The Honourable Rachel Nolan

    Green vision for transport in Brisbane’s West

    Minister for Transport
    The Honourable Rachel Nolan

    Friday, September 25, 2009

    Green vision for transport in Brisbane’s West

    Transport Minister Rachel Nolan today released a long-term sustainable transport vision for western Brisbane's transport network.

    Minister Nolan said the Western Brisbane Transport Network Strategy would form a planning blueprint for all levels of government in creating an integrated transport network of rail, bus, road, freight, walking and cycling over the next 20 years.

    “There is no shortage of transport infrastructure projects taking place across Brisbane but until this document there wasn’t a unifying or underlying planning blueprint to tie it altogether in the western region,” Ms Nolan said.

    “This strategy gives western Brisbane a long-term, coordinated transport plan which embodies sustainable or ‘green’ transport principles.

    “Sustainable forms of transport such as public and active transport feature heavily in the strategy but the plan also seeks efficiencies in the infrastructure we already have for environmental and economic reasons,” Ms Nolan said.

    “With the dual challenges of climate change and world-wide financial difficulties, we need to focus on getting the most out of current infrastructure even as we are designing and planning the next round of major projects.

    "The strategy confirms the value of setting aside transport corridors for the future and builds on current projects in the South East Queensland Infrastructure Plan and Program.

    “If transport corridors like these had been part of transport and town planning 20 or 30 years ago, we wouldn’t now be resuming properties to build busways and we’d have billions of dollars of extra funding for services.

    “We can’t turn back the clock but we can ensure these corridors are part of the planning landscape for the next 20 years.”

    Ms Nolan said there were four key components to the strategy: rail, bus priority, active transport choices and a future north-south motorway.

    "The strategy builds on the significant rail infrastructure projects occurring in south east Queensland in recent years,” Ms Nolan said.

    “For example, the rail track duplication from Mitchelton to Keperra has been completed to enable additional peak hour services on the Ferny Grove line.”

    Ms Nolan said the strategy would complement the Cross River Rail project (previously known as phase 1 of the Inner City Rail Upgrade), which aimed to increase suburban rail capacity and give Brisbane a modern underground rail network.

    Ms Nolan said the two-year $19 million investigation was a large logistical exercise and an example of good consultation leading to good outcomes.

    “The consultation work behind this strategy is unique in itself as it involved asking more than a million people for their input since 2007, receiving almost 4000 written submissions and ‘in person’ briefings with more than 3000 people,” Ms Nolan said.

    In relation to road transport, the Strategy supports the need for Brisbane City Council’s proposed Northern Link tunnel and it proposes a longer term road connection from the Ipswich Motorway at Darra to the Bruce Highway, including a motorway tunnel linking Toowong to Everton Park.

    “It rules out once and for all the much-talked about Western Brisbane Bypass,” Ms Nolan said.

    "Other projects in the strategy will be included in future updates of the South East Queensland Infrastructure Plan and Program.

    "This is a long term, sustainable strategy based on key principles which make better use of existing infrastructure, prioritise transport corridor space and builds on current infrastructure programs."

    Members of the public can view the Western Brisbane Transport Network Strategy by visiting their local State Government member's office and libraries in western Brisbane or by visiting www.transport.qld.gov.au/wbtni (after midday on 25 September 2009) or by contacting 3237 1111.

    Ms Nolan said that many large-scale transport infrastructure projects already underway in Brisbane would make a large impact on the transport network as a whole in the coming years. These projects include:

    • $1.88 billion Gateway Upgrade
    • $4.8 billion Airport Link
    • $3.2 billion CLEM7 Tunnel
    • $1.7 billion Northern Link
    • $2.5 billion Ipswich Motorway upgrade
    • $800 million Darra to Springfield road/rail project
    • $910 million Pacific Motorway upgrade
    • $370 million Hale Street Link

    “In five years’ time, these projects will be completed or nearing completion and we will be well positioned to judge which projects will be the highest priority on this transport planning blueprint for Brisbane’s western region,” Ms Nolan said.

    Media contact: 3237 1111