The Queensland Government will invest $35 million in a detailed investment proposal towards building a congestion-busting road tunnel between Kedron and Carseldine in Brisbane’s north.
The proposal will be led by a new entity, North Brisbane Infrastructure, which will be established through the Queensland Investment Corporation.
North Brisbane Infrastructure will undertake detailed transport modelling, technical assessments and financial analysis as part of this process.
The analysis will also consider the interaction of the proposed tunnel with public and active transport needs and opportunities along the corridor.
“This detailed investment proposal is a clear demonstration of how our Government is planning for Queensland’s future growth,” says Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment Cameron Dick.
“This is new solution proposed for a long-established challenge – easing congestion through Brisbane’s north,” says Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment Cameron Dick.
“As a world-leader in funds management, the Queensland Investment Corporation has nearly $30 billion worth of infrastructure assets under management,” says Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment Cameron Dick.
“It has the expertise to give us the clearest answer in the shortest time to decide whether a Gympie Road toll tunnel stacks up,” says Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment Cameron Dick.
“Forecast population growth on the Sunshine Coast and in the Moreton Bay region will increase traffic into Brisbane, so now is the right time to do this work,” says Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment Cameron Dick.
“Based on Brisbane’s most recent road tunnel projects, from this point the tunnel could potentially be built within about eight years if it stacks up,” says Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment Cameron Dick.
“A Gympie Road Bypass solution would complement the works currently underway to bust congestion and improve connectivity as part of the Northern Transitway from Kedron to Chermside,” says Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey.
“The investment proposal will also consider active transport, which we know is an important option for the future,” says Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey.
“This is the simplest, most effective and least disruptive solution to Gympie Road gridlock,” says Member for Aspley Bart Mellish.
“More and more people are recognising Pine Rivers as a great area to raise a family, but the lack of an efficient corridor to the city and beyond can make the commute unsustainable,” says Member for Pine Rivers Nikki Boyd.
“A new tunnel under Gympie Road would unblock across Brisbane’s north,” says Member for Pine Rivers Nikki Boyd.
Potential benefits to be examined as part of detailed investment proposal include:
- shorter commuter times
- better connections with the Bruce Highway to and from the Sunshine Coast
- better connections to the west of the city through Legacy Way and south through the Clem7 to the M1
- Improving amenity and liveability for locals by removing through traffic from Gympie Road.
Given the significance of the project, any tunnel will need to be tolled, and this will be considered as part of the detailed investment proposal.
Community consultation to allow local residents, businesses and other key stakeholders to have their say will be undertaken later this year.
Source: © The State of Queensland
Sally Stannard has been announced as the new Director-General for Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR).
With over 20 years of relevant work experience, Coordinator-General Gerard Coggan will help drive Queensland infrastructure.