Back to the drawing board for Brisbane's fifth green bridge

RACQ has welcomed Brisbane City Council’s decision to look at a different option for its fifth green bridge, after a lack of community support for the proposed link between Bellbowrie and Wacol.

The Brisbane Times reported more than 60 percent of respondents to the first survey said they would never or rarely use the green bridge.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said Council made the right call in yesterday’s Budget to go back to the drawing board, as the bridge had to meet the needs of the community who would be using it.

“We’re pleased Council is investing $302 million for the delivery of five new green bridges over the next four years to help bust congestion and provide safe and accessible alternate transport options for local communities,” Dr Michael said.

“For the fifth bridge, an option would be to consider an alternate alignment at Bellbowrie to Sumners Road in Riverhills.

“This alignment received a high rate of community support in our Bridging Brisbane survey, with 90.1 percent of respondents supportive or neutral of the link.”

Dr Michael said there were a number of other bridge locations and alignments that showed strong community support in RACQ’s Bridging Brisbane survey.

“91.6 percent of respondents to the survey were supportive or neutral of the Wilson Triple Jump bridges, which would link Kangaroo Point to New Farm and on to Hawthorne,” she said.

“The Bulimba to Teneriffe link also had 90.2 percent positive or neutral support.

“As we are the River City, we actually have very few bridges that link up the different sides of Brisbane and if we want a more connected, liveable centre then we need to be considering these types of projects.”