Brisbane Metro project can’t afford to stall: RACQ

RACQ has called on both local and State governments to quit playing politics to ensure the delivery of the Brisbane Metro project for River City residents.

Brisbane Times reported the first stages of the project had been delayed due to council’s inability to purchase two key parcels of land from the State Government needed for a Brisbane Metro underground busway and bus depot.

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Council’s Public Transport Chairman Adrian Schrinner said council was keen to progress the project but was waiting on the State Government to approve its land acquisition request.

It was revealed Cr Arian Schrinner had written to Deputy Premier Jackie Trad on 27 September, 2017, about the State land requirements for the project.

Ms Trad replied saying the Queensland Government would be in a position to respond to the request following consideration of the business case.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said public transport users relied on all levels of government to work together to ensure better services were delivered.

“We know public transport users are frustrated with unreliable, inefficient and disconnected services in Brisbane,” Dr Michael said.

“That’s why we’re urging the State Government and Brisbane City Council to work together to ensure the Brisbane Metro project can get off the ground as soon as possible – the people of Brisbane are relying on it.

“It’s also vital all levels of government work together to make sure all future projects, including Brisbane Metro and Cross River Rail are effectively connected. That will make for a more efficient experience for users and reduce the number of cars on our roads creating the congestion issues we’re experiencing.”