RACQ: More consultation needed on Bellbowrie Bridge

RACQ has welcomed further community engagement on the purpose and alignment of the Bellbowrie Green Bridge, after a survey found there was a lack of community support.

The Courier Mail reported findings presented to Brisbane City Council’s Public and Active Transport Committee, showed 72 percent of the 545 respondents who commented about the bridge strongly disagreed with its alignment and 63 percent said they would never or rarely use the bridge.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said the bridge was currently proposed to link Weekes Road at Bellbowrie and Grindle Road at Wacol.

“We would welcome further community consultation to make sure the bridge meets the needs of locals who will be using it,” Dr Michael said.

“Our assessment found alternate options, which includes making the current bridge alignment at Wacol an all models bridge, with a focus on vehicle and bus connections to major road and public transport infrastructure.

“This would allow commuters access to transport such as the Ipswich Motorway and Wacol train station.

“Another option would be to consider an alternative alignment at Bellbowrie to Riverhills for an active, public transport and emergency access bridge.

“This alignment, which would link Bellbowrie to Sumners Road in Riverhills, received the second highest rate of community support (77.4 percent) in our Bridging Brisbane survey.”

Dr Michael added that Moggill and Bellbowrie currently had poor access to public transport and a Brisbane commute required travel along the heavily congested Moggill Road.

“This area needs improved access to reliable and frequent public transport and alternative routes on the road network.”