Queensland releases long-term transport plan

Queensland announces long-term transport plan for the south east corner, which includes a truck plan and major freight investment

August 31, 2010

Trucks will be removed from suburban Queensland roads and resources will be devoted to the freight sector under a long term transport plan announced today.

The Bligh Government has unveiled its draft Connecting SEQ 2031 plan that maps a 20-year blueprint for South East Queensland’s transport network.

While the report is yet to be released publicly, it proposes plans to take heavy vehicles from suburban roads and for a ring road system around Brisbane to be constructed.

It recommends a north-south connection between Toowong and Everton Park and the full development of a freight terminal at Acacia Ridge south of Brisbane.

SEQ 2031 proposes a dedicated dual gauge freight line from the Port of Brisbane to Acacia Ridge in the existing rail corridor and the adoption of new technology such as real time management of motorways to manage road and public transport movement.

"Consultation on the draft plan is now open and it's important everyone has their say," Queensland Transport Minister Rachel Nolan says.

While not providing any details, the Queensland Government says the plan sets targets for reducing private car use. It forecasts a 19 percent rise in the number of overall trips by 2031, an increase of 2.8 million extra trips each day.

The website set up to promote the plan lists the key projects to deliver a modern road network, such as upgrades to the Port of Brisbane Motorway, Gateway Motorway and the Centenary and Bruce highways.

According to the site, the SEQ 2031 plan develops a road "hierarchy" to ensure "the right type of traffic moves on the right type of road".

This includes supplying multimodal arterial roads to provide connections for all types of transport and bypass roads to remove through traffic from urban centres.

Premier Anna Bligh says the plan also outlines 207km of new railway lines including a line between Alderley and Strathpine and an 8km subway from Toowong to West End to Bowen Hills.

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