The head of Queensland Bus Industry Council (QBIC) says the penny is finally starting to drop as politicians realise the importance of building dedicated bus transport lanes in the south-east.
Brisbane City Council’s Labour opposition has flagged a 91 million dollar ‘Suburban Congestion Busting Fund’ to deal with a decades-old problem along two major arterial spots on Old Cleveland and Gympie roads.
QBIC executive director David Tape has welcomed the announcement and says these two ‘transitways’ will drastically improve peak hour flow on the two major roads.
“This is the best way of busting congestion in the middle ring suburbs like Chermside and Carindale because the public will embrace a fast, reliable and cost-effective public transport system.”
“Why this has not already happened is a mystery because for as long as I can remember, there has always been a need for dedicated bus lanes on these extremely busy routes.”
Under the opposition’s plan, the Northern Transitway would connect the Northern Busway at Lutwyche both inbound and outbound through a three kilometres stretch along Gympie Road.
The Eastern Transitway would provide ‘bus priority measures’ along Old Cleveland Road at five intersections from Cavendish through to Creek Roads.
Mr Tape says the industry has been calling for a greater focus on bus infrastructure including bus lanes and points to the fact that for every bus service, at least 50 fewer cars are on the road.
QBIC, which recently released its ‘moving Queensland’ blueprint for the future, says dedicated bus lanes underpins its transport strategy to combat Brisbane’s worsening congestion woes.
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