Build the bridges Brisbane needs: RACQ

RACQ has thrown its support behind plans for a second Walter Taylor Bridge after reports Brisbane City Council was investigating a new river crossing near the plagued existing site.

Brisbane Times reported council would consider the possibility of another bridge adjacent to the existing structure after lobbying efforts from the State Government. 

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said the Walter Taylor Bridge had long been a blight for western suburbs commuters. 

“Day after day drivers are stuck on the bottleneck during peak hour and it’s high time we saw a solution,” Dr Michael said. 

“Almost two thirds of respondents to our Bridging Brisbane Survey in 2017 said they’d like to see a duplicated Walter Taylor Bridge between Indooroopilly and Chelmer, so we are encouraged Council is finally looking to deliver.”

Dr Michael urged Council to take careful consideration into how the new bridge would integrate with the existing road network. 

“There are significant pinch points on both sides of the current bridge including a rail corridor and we also need to make sure any new structure improves safety for cyclists, children and commuters travelling along and crossing the road, especially the Indooroopilly side,” she said. 

“We also want to see more spaces at nearby Park’n’Ride facilities and continued bus improvements to offer alternative cross river trips and help reduce demand on the crossing.

“A new Walter Taylor Bridge is only part of the solution for congestion in the western suburbs of Brisbane so we’re urging whoever wins the State Election to deliver the Centenary Bridge upgrade and add additional lanes between the Ipswich Motorway and Toowong.”