26 September 2023

New bridge is ticket for city commuters

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The Department of Transport and Main Roads has released designs for a nearly half-kilometre-long pedestrian and cycle bridge.

The bridge is to connect the new underground Cross River Rail Boggo Road Station with the busway, Park Road Station and the Boggo Road health, science and education precinct.

Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk said the bridge would link the public transport system with the Princess Alexandra Hospital and a new high school, making it easier for many locals to get to work and access essential services.

Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Mark Bailey said the 480-metre-long bridge would be a unifier for the local community as it soared over the railway junction and would make active travel safer, quicker and easier for workers, residents and students.

“It will provide faster and more convenient walking and cycling connections, form an extension of the local cycle network and improve connectivity to the hospital bus station and the new underground Boggo Road rail station,” Mr Bailey said.

“Crossing over both freight and passenger train lines, the bridge will be a feat of engineering and a standout signature element for an area that currently divides the community.”

Member for Greenslopes, Joe Kelly said the bridge, which included lifts on both sides, dedicated cycle and pedestrian paths, seating, shade and rest stops, was accessible and designed to meet safety requirements to pass over the rail corridor.

“It is also yet to be named, which provides an opportunity for the public to contribute ideas — the bridge could be named after somebody local who has a track record of service and creating community connections, or a name that honours local First Nations culture,” Mr Kelly said.

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