Council listens to the people and cans the costly Land Street Tunnel

June 5th, 2018

Bicycle Queensland has applauded Brisbane City Council’s decision not to proceed with the controversial Land Street Tunnel.

Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner announced the decision today.

Bicycle Queensland CEO, Anne Savage, welcomed the move and said the project was costly and unnecessary.

“The proposed Land Street Tunnel project was high cost and low benefit – bike riders didn’t support it and the business case didn’t add up,” she said.

“We are pleased the funding will be reallocated to other bikeway projects under the Better Bikeways for Brisbane program.

“We commend the Deputy Mayor and Brisbane City Council for listening to our concerns and acting on community feedback.”

Brisbane City Council is expected to confirm its four-year $100M investment in the Better Bikeways for Brisbane program when the budget is announced next Wednesday (13 June).

“The vital infrastructure delivered under the Better Bikeways for Brisbane program has helped to improve Brisbane’s liveability, delivering value for money and a nicer world in which to live, work, and ride,” Ms Savage said.

“Cities that invest in healthy travel enjoy the benefits, with five dollars gained for every dollar spent.

“Bikeway growth is essential to our economic prosperity and will position Brisbane to achieve the vision of a healthy, safe, and sustainable travel future, reducing congestion and promoting healthy urban development.

“We commend the Brisbane City Council for investing in a healthy transport future for Brisbane and welcome the news that the funding set aside for the Land Street Tunnel will go towards other priority bikeway projects, helping to shorten travel times while enhancing the reliability and safety of local transport networks.

“The whole community can be pleased with this decision, which demonstrates Council is listening to the will of the people,” Ms Savage said.

ENDS.

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