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The Green’s plan to stop traffic congestion but is it the real problem?

Green’s plan to stop traffic congestion

Less congestion will save money, reduce stress, help our environment, and make our city a much more pleasant place to live, work and play

Senator Larissa Waters and lord mayoral candidate Ben Pennings today launched River Connect, the Greens’ $491m transport infrastructure plan for Brisbane.

River Connect includes $345m for 3 ‘Green’ bridges, $106m for cyclist and pedestrian infrastructure, a new CityGlider, and $30m to start a solar bus fleet. Mr Pennings said:

“River Connect is a $491 million investment in a clean, connected and free-flowing Brisbane. Three Green bridges, much improved CityGlider connections and new infrastructure for walking and cycling will transform our transport network to finally rescue Brisbane from crippling congestion.”

“The River Connect plan is fully costed and will be delivered within the first term of a Green’s led council. It is significantly more practical, effective and economically viable then both the LNP and ALP proposals. It doesn’t rely on extra debt, raising rates or ‘maybe money’ from other governments.”

River Connect comprises 6 interrelated infrastructure and transport redesign policies. The plan offers new connections between 4 train lines, 2 busways, 4 hospitals and 3 large university campuses. Mr Pennings said:

“Under the Greens, cross-town public transport will become both quicker and cheaper, making it more attractive than driving. Less congestion will save money, reduce stress, help our environment, and make our city a much more pleasant place to live, work and play.”

“The West End-Toowong Bridge will connect the entertainment and cultural hub of West End with the shopping and transport hub of Toowong. It offers great new connections between the Western Suburbs and inner-South, including the University of Queensland. The Bulimba-Teneriffe Bridge will reduce congestion on Lytton and Wynnum Roads by allowing people to travel to the CBD quicker by bus than by car.”

“Turning Victoria Bridge ‘Green’ will halve bus congestion, improve travel times, and allow a redesign that will radically improve the whole bus network. Safe infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians means less people in cars and a healthier city for everyone. Our plan has something for everyone, because everyone benefits from a free-flowing transport system.”

Contact: Ben Pennings on 0418 164 014

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