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MOTORISTS are enjoying a safer and faster trip along the Gateway Motorway as the new northbound lane between Sandgate Road and the Deagon Deviation opens to traffic almost one month ahead of schedule.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Gateway Additional Lane project will reduce traffic congestion and improve driver safety for the more than 70,000 motorists who use the motorway on a daily basis.

“The Australian Government has committed $95 million towards this $99.5 million project,” Mr Truss said.

“As well as adding a third 2.5km long northbound lane, it has widened two bridges over Cabbage Tree Creek.

“It has also upgraded the overpass and off-ramp at Depot Road, making it safer for motorists.

“This is Stage 1 of the upgrade and widening of the northern section of the Gateway Motorway, with earthworks recently starting on the next stages for which the Australian Government has committed $930 million.”

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Scott Emerson said the bridges were built with future works on the Gateway Motorway in mind.

“The southbound bridge at Cabbage Tree Creek has been widened in readiness for a future third lane to be built as part of the Gateway Upgrade North project which is all part of our strong plan for a brighter future,” Mr Emerson said.

“The project increases capacity and eases congestion on this heavily used section of the Gateway Motorway.

“This project is part of our infrastructure plan that will see improved driving conditions and travel times for motorists who use this busy stretch every day.”

The Gateway Additional Lane project was jointly funded with the Queensland Government which contributed $4.5 million towards the construction.

Cars, buses and trucks up to 22.5 tonnes will be able to cross Angellala Creek for the first time today following the serious truck accident from earlier this month.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said crews had worked extremely hard to restore access, with a temporary side-track now complete close to the site where the bridge was destroyed.
“We understand how important it is to get the road open for industry and the local community and our progress shows we are getting on with the job,” Mr Emerson said.
“The temporary side-track will open from 7am today and ensures school buses, light vehicles, emergency services vehicles, caravans, and trucks up to 22.5 tonne will all be able to cross the creek.
“Traffic controls will be in place round the clock to ensure the vehicle restrictions are maintained.”
Mr Emerson thanked work crews for getting on with job so quickly.
“Considering we have only had possession of the bridge site for just over a week, it is great to see how quickly temporary access has been set up,” he said.
“Livestock transporters will still need to access the detour route until a more permanent route is established.
“These works are progressing well and are expected to be completed next month.
“I’d like to thank industry and the local community for their patience while we get on with this important job and give access to all vehicles travelling on the Mitchell Highway between Charleville and Cunnamulla.”
Motorists are reminded to please slow down, drive carefully and follow the instructions of traffic controllers and construction signage at all times. Please plan your trip and allow up to an additional 15 minutes for journeys between Cunnamulla and Charleville.
For the most up-to-date information, visit http://131940.qld.gov.au/ or call 131940.
[ENDS] 23 September 2014
Media Contact: Stephanie Shield 0418 188 625
Background
Vehicle restrictions – 22.5 ton or less, includes: Cars and caravans Light vehicles, including buses, ambulances, fire engines Rigid trucks Small mobile cranes   Detour arrangements
For all vehicles greater than 22.5 ton, the detour around the bridge site remains the same.
For Type 1 Road Trains with two trailers, the following suggested route has been identified:
Turn right from Bourke to Walgett then to Dirranbandi via the Castlereagh Highway, road trains can turn right from Bourke to Walgett then to Dirranbandi via the Castlereagh Highway, then to St George, left onto the Balonne Highway, then right to Mitchell via the Mitchell - St George Road then to Augathella (or Charleville).
For Type 2 Road Trains with three trailers, the following suggested route has been identified:
Type 2 and Type 1 road trains can travel from Bourke through to Cunnamulla, turn left towards Thargomindah, then right to Quilpie via the Thargomindah - Quilpie Road, then right to Charleville.

 

 

For the first time in Queensland’s history, there will be a state-wide reduction to public transport fares making it more affordable for families to catch the train, bus, tram or ferry.

Premier Campbell Newman and Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said feedback following a two-week survey and public consultation clearly showed Queenslanders wanted cheaper fares.

“Under our strong plan, we promised to deliver cost of living relief for families and this announcement means Queenslanders will pay five per cent less to use public transport from November 3,” Mr Newman said.

“Fares will also be frozen in 2015, so Queenslanders across the state will save up to 7.5 per cent next year.

“What this means is that a mum or dad travelling to work in the Brisbane CBD from the Gold Coast will save more than $297 a year, or nearly $2000 compared to what they would have paid under Labor.

“Under the LNP, families now have more money in their back pocket, compared to Labor’s record of ongoing 15 per cent fare hikes.

Mr Emerson said almost 22,000 people from across Queensland gave their view, and 74 per cent voted for cheaper fares.

“We left it up to Queenslanders to decide where almost $30 million of carbon tax savings should be reinvested and their clear choice was a reduction in fares,” Mr Emerson said.

“Queenslanders have said fares are too expensive having increased by 52 per cent in the last three years under Labor.

“We agreed, that is why we have worked hard to lower fares and passengers will now pay less for a weekly go card than they were under the previous Labor Government.

“Under our policies we have added 3000 extra bus and train services to the network, trains are running on time and up to 80,000 passengers are benefiting from our free travel after nine weekly journeys initiative.

“On top of those benefits, passengers will now pay less for public transport across the State for the first time in Queensland’s history.

“The savings will be across the State so all Queensland public transport users will benefit from improvements in public transport affordability whether they live in South East Queensland or regional Queensland”

The survey officially closed midnight 14 September and gave Queenslanders the choice to re-invest carbon tax savings to either increase services or reduce fares.

Work is underway on the billion dollar Gateway Upgrade North, with Fulton Hogan moving in to begin major earthworks.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the work would take place alongside the motorway at Nudgee and to the north of Nundah Creek.

“Moving hundreds of thousands of cubic metres of soil and rock over the next 12 months will ready the project for the commencement of major construction mid next year,” Mr Truss said.

“It shows our commitment to improving productivity and driver safety that a year after the election, we have bulldozers on the ground for this enormous project.”

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Scott Emerson said the earthworks would lay the foundation for widening 11.3 kilometres of motorway between Nudgee and Bracken Ridge from four to six lanes.

“Works will also include upgrading the Nudgee interchange and widening the Deagon Deviation to two lanes in each direction,” Mr Emerson said.

“Construction of the new lanes is expected to start in the middle of next year and take approximately three years to complete, weather permitting.

“For the 75,000 vehicles on this stretch of motorway each day, this upgrade can’t come soon enough.”

An industry briefing session will be held by Queensland Motorways Limited, which has been engaged by the Queensland Government to manage the delivery of the major works package. 

Interested parties will be invited to tender on the project following a registration of interest process.

The Gateway Upgrade North is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments.

 

Drivers are now enjoying two Open Level Crossing Replacement Projects delivered by the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council months ahead of schedule.

Premier Campbell Newman joined Minister for Transport and Main Roads Scott Emerson and Lord Mayor Graham Quirk at Geebung to officially open the Robinson Road pedestrian overpass and announce that works were almost complete for the Telegraph Road overpass project at Bracken Ridge.

“I’m extremely pleased to see these key infrastructure projects delivered ahead of schedule, ensuring a safer drive for families,” Mr Newman said.

“We promised at the election that we would provide better infrastructure and planning for Queenslanders and together with the Brisbane City Council that’s exactly what we’re doing.

“Congestion at Geebung and Bracken Ridge will be reduced and safety improved for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists as part of our stronger plan for a brighter future.”

Minister Emerson said that the overpass bridges had already significantly eased northside traffic congestion.

“We’ve catered for our state’s growing needs, delivering the $199 million Geebung project and the $82 million Bracken Ridge project three months ahead of schedule,” Mr Emerson said.

“Previously the RACQ identified the two sites as Brisbane’s most notorious level crossings, with two fatalities recorded in recent years at Robinson Road and thousands of near misses at each of the rail crossings.

“Now Queenslanders – whether they’re drivers, pedestrians or cyclists – are travelling more safely and quickly.”

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said that the delivery of the two vital infrastructure projects demonstrated the commitment of Council and the Queensland Government to deliver better transport for Brisbane residents.

“The completion of these major projects has already seen significant benefits for a number of bus services, eliminating delays up to 15 minutes at both level crossings,” Cr Quirk said.

The Geebung overpass opened to traffic in March and pedestrians at the end of August. Two lanes of the Bracken Ridge overpass opened to traffic in May, with finishing touches on the additional two lanes expected to be complete in the coming weeks.

Both projects commenced in early 2013 and were jointly funded by Council and the Queensland Government, with the Geebung project delivered by GO Alliance and the Bracken Ridge project delivered by Bielby Hull Joint Venture.                                                                           

Queenslanders have one week to decide how to spend $30million of carbon tax savings with a choice of increased transport services or reduced fares.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said since the survey was announced last Sunday, more than 16,000 Queenslanders had already voted.

“This week is the last chance to have your say and help decide how the savings should be spent,” Mr Emerson said.

“Whether you choose a five per cent reduction in fares or 1,000 extra transport services across the State, this survey delivers on our strong plan to lower the cost of living and revitalise frontline services.

“More than 82 per cent of Queenslanders that voted were from Brisbane suburbs.

“All passengers are encouraged to make their choice as the results of this survey will benefit the entire state, not just South East Queensland.”

Across the State the interest varied including:

  • Mackay (0.22 per cent)
  • Cairns (0.19 per cent)
  • Gold Coast (5.75 per cent)
  • Ipswich (4.48 per cent)
  • Rockhampton (0.29 per cent)
  • Sunshine Coast (3.41 per cent)

Mr Emerson said this Can-Do LNP Government was getting on with the job of improving affordability, reliability and frequency in the public transport network.

“Already we halved Labor’s planned 15 per cent fare increases in 2013 and 2014, introduced 3,000 bus and train services and up to 80,000 passengers are benefiting from our free travel after nine weekly journey’s initiative.”

The online survey will close at midnight Sunday 14 September so log on to the website http://translink.com.au/ or phone 13 12 30

 

Families and cycling commuters will benefit from a $2 million Queensland Government boost to a new cycle path ensuring a safer, more direct connection between the Brisbane CBD and the northern suburbs.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson announced Doval Constructions would deliver Stage 1A – Section 1 of the North Brisbane Bikeway.
“We have a strong plan to invest in cycle infrastructure delivering a safe, more direct and connected route for recreational cyclists enjoying a day out with their family at the local park, to more regular riders commuting to work,” Mr Emerson said.
“This section of the bikeway fills in a 500 metre missing link between Gilchrist Avenue at Victoria Park, Herston to the RNA showground’s Gate 6 at Bowen Hills.
“We are getting on with the job of completing missing cycle links left by Labor all over Brisbane.
“In addition to the North Brisbane Bikeway, design work is underway on a Moggill Road overpass and planning is continuing for the remaining section of Veloway 1 through Holland Park and Stones Corner.”
Mr Emerson said works were expected to start soon and be completed by mid-2015.
Member for Brisbane Central Robert Cavallucci said once complete, the North Brisbane Bikeway would mean cyclists can travel off-road from Brisbane CBD to Chermside.
“We know more people are encouraged to ‘get on their bike’ and ride on cycle paths because they feel safer,” Mr Cavallucci said.
“Cyclists are already enjoying the benefits of the finished bikeway section near Campbell Street that was opened in January this year.
“This next section will mean cyclists will be able to travel safely under Bowen Bridge Road avoiding three sets of lights and six lanes of traffic.
“Once the entire bikeway is complete we expect up to 5000 cyclists per day will make use of this route.”
Local Councillor Vicki Howard (Central Ward) said the new bikeway link would be a great benefit to residents, cyclists and pedestrians and would complement Council’s $120 million investment in better bikeways for Brisbane.
Bicycle Queensland CEO Ben Wilson said this was brilliant news for Brisbane cyclists.
“We welcome the government’s investment in much-needed cycle infrastructure,” Mr Wilson said.
“Having off-road, direct cycle paths will help encourage more people to take up cycling.”
As well as new cycling infrastructure the Queensland Government’s two-year trial of the one-metre rule continues, promoting safer interaction between motorists and cyclists.

 

 

Families and cycling commuters will benefit from a $2 million Queensland Government boost to a new cycle path ensuring a safer, more direct connection between the Brisbane CBD and the northern suburbs.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson announced Doval Constructions would deliver Stage 1A – Section 1 of the North Brisbane Bikeway.
“We have a strong plan to invest in cycle infrastructure delivering a safe, more direct and connected route for recreational cyclists enjoying a day out with their family at the local park, to more regular riders commuting to work,” Mr Emerson said.
“This section of the bikeway fills in a 500 metre missing link between Gilchrist Avenue at Victoria Park, Herston to the RNA showground’s Gate 6 at Bowen Hills.
“We are getting on with the job of completing missing cycle links left by Labor all over Brisbane.
“In addition to the North Brisbane Bikeway, design work is underway on a Moggill Road overpass and planning is continuing for the remaining section of Veloway 1 through Holland Park and Stones Corner.”
Mr Emerson said works were expected to start soon and be completed by mid-2015.
Member for Brisbane Central Robert Cavallucci said once complete, the North Brisbane Bikeway would mean cyclists can travel off-road from Brisbane CBD to Chermside.
“We know more people are encouraged to ‘get on their bike’ and ride on cycle paths because they feel safer,” Mr Cavallucci said.
“Cyclists are already enjoying the benefits of the finished bikeway section near Campbell Street that was opened in January this year.
“This next section will mean cyclists will be able to travel safely under Bowen Bridge Road avoiding three sets of lights and six lanes of traffic.
“Once the entire bikeway is complete we expect up to 5000 cyclists per day will make use of this route.”
Local Councillor Vicki Howard (Central Ward) said the new bikeway link would be a great benefit to residents, cyclists and pedestrians and would complement Council’s $120 million investment in better bikeways for Brisbane.
Bicycle Queensland CEO Ben Wilson said this was brilliant news for Brisbane cyclists.
“We welcome the government’s investment in much-needed cycle infrastructure,” Mr Wilson said.
“Having off-road, direct cycle paths will help encourage more people to take up cycling.”
As well as new cycling infrastructure the Queensland Government’s two-year trial of the one-metre rule continues, promoting safer interaction between motorists and cyclists.

 

 

Cairns families will be able to get around the city quicker and easier with more than 100 new bus services a week operating out of the new Cairns City bus station in Lake Street.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson joined Member for Cairns Gavin King at the Party on Lake event to officially open the new Cairns City bus station.
“It was important to increase frequency on the weekends and we are delivering on our strong plan to revitalise frontline services by contributing $5 million toward the new bus station,” Mr Emerson said.
“From Monday 8 September passengers will have improved access to the newly redeveloped Cairns CBD and surrounding retail hub, providing a welcome boost for the local economy.
“Labor failed to deliver for the people of Cairns, but this move has created a brighter future for families.
“There will be nine additional late night services in and out of the city on Friday night and a number of additional buses on Saturdays and Sundays, meaning that several routes will now run to an hourly timetable on weekends.”
Mr King said the 113 extra bus services provide a boost to public transport in Cairns making it easier for families and tourists to enjoy the city during the weekend.
“On top of the new services, TransLink will now be responsible for managing public transport in Cairns,” Mr King.
“This will mean passengers will now have access to a one-stop shop for public transport information including the Journey Planner and 24/7 Customer Service line.
“TransLink will continue to work with Cairns Regional Council after the brand rollout on a bus stop upgrade program to ensure the city’s public transport network meets customers’ expectations.
“We will also continue to work with the local bus operator, Sunbus, to provide frequent, reliable and affordable public transport in the region.”
For more information on public transport in Cairns, visit www.translink.com.au/cairns or phone 13 12 30, anytime.

 

 

Residents and families have an opportunity to provide input into the design and plan for a future Bribie Island bridge.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson joined Member for Pumicestone Lisa France to inspect the existing bridge today following the release of a concept plan to replace the existing 50-year old structure.

“As part of our strong plan to deliver better infrastructure, we have started work to cater for the increasing demand of residents and families visiting Bribie Island,” Mr Emerson said.

“The next step is to secure the corridor, undertake geotechnical work in the passage and develop a business case based on community feedback.”

The recommended corridor for the new bridge is located to the north of the existing bridge and would be wide enough to accommodate four traffic lanes and a footpath.

 

The concept plan also shows:

  • projections for increased pedestrian, cycling and freight traffic

  • the importance of the bridge to the local economy

  • the existing bridge’s capacity.

Mrs France said while the plan showed there was existing capacity, there had been seven closures in the past five years, isolating the community for up to four hours at a time.

“We are planning for the future and community input is vital to help shape the design of our iconic bridge,” she said.

“My community has provided me with many great suggestions about fishing platforms, a pedestrian and cycle promenade, access for sailing boats, viewing platforms and I look forward to hearing more great ideas.

“Residents can send their suggestions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by contacting my office.

“This is a great opportunity to have your say on future infrastructure in the area, and I encourage everyone to go online from tomorrow to have a look at the corridor.”

Transport and Main Roads will prepare a $2 million business case over the next 12 months.

The report can be found at www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Projects/Name/B/Bribie-Island-Bridge-corridor-study.aspx from 12pm today.