Stop the fighting and deliver Brisbane Metro

The State’s peak motoring body has called for a truce to political point scoring between Brisbane City Council and the State Government following revelations Brisbane Metro could be further delayed.

ABC reported Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner claimed the State Government had delayed Brisbane Metro when it ordered new designs to relocate an underground bus station on the day tenders closed for the project.

RACQ spokesperson Paul Turner said the Club was frustrated by inter-governmental disputes which continued to stall key congestion busting projects.

“The State and Brisbane City Council need to work together and put their differences aside to focus on delivering this catalytic project and providing quality public transport for residents,” Mr Turner said.

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Brisbane Metro has the capacity to be a game-changer for the City’s commuters, and along with Cross River Rail, will relieve congestion on our roads by giving people access to reliable buses and trains.”

Mr Turner said the Club feared the project would not only be delayed but would also blow out in budget.

“There’s not a project in the world that doesn’t cost more if it is delayed. We’d be extremely surprised if this doesn’t impact both the timing and cost of the project,” he said.

“It’s time politics were put aside and Brisbane Metro got underway because congestion on our roads is only going to get worse. We can’t afford to waste anymore time.”