By Juliano Oliveira
Brisbane City Council has opened a public consultation for two new green bridges connecting West End to Toowong and St Lucia.
Residents have until 29 January 2021 feedback on the proposed alignment options for the areas. The survey can be done here.
The new link, affirms the public administration, will facilitate the walk or cycle between the growing West End and the Toowong Centre, rail and ferry services.
When the bridge is ready, residents will have direct access to markets, restaurants, art and music venues and green space located in both suburbs.
The expected impacts on St Lucia to West End Green Bridge, according to the Brisbane City Council, will be the improvement on transport connections particularly from the inner south, inner west and CBD.
It is also projected the creation of a more direct route between the Bicentennial Bikeway and the University of Queensland.
For both platforms, residents initial feedback indicated a high level of rejection for the possibility of the bridges cater for buses or public transport, making them a pedestrian and cycling connection only.
Approximately 60% of survey respondents indicated they would use the West End to Toowong bridge daily or weekly, whereas 50% of the respondents gave the same answer for St Lucia to West End.
Delivery timings and funding will be confirmed only in 2021. Brisbane City Council affirms that the green bridges will bring up to 5100 trips per weekday by 2041; will improve access to riverside parks and green spaces; facilitate the access to public transport and city-wide walking and cycling network.