$1.2 billion to fix traffic woes

Lord Mayor Campbell Newman will throw an unprecedented $1.2 billion at the city’s worst traffic congestion hot spots, including intersection and level crossing overhauls.
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Kingsford Smith Drive, Wynnum Road at Wynnum West, Progress Road in Wacol and Blunder Road in Doolandella are among the bottlenecks and black spots to be targeted as part of Cr Newman’s $2.66 billion Brisbane City Council budget announced today.

The four-year "Road Action" spending plan does not include an estimated $137.7 million council will fork out for the Trans Apex suite of tunnel and bridge projects.

Cr Newman said the suburban-focused roads budget would fund $100 million-plus upgrades to level rail crossings at Geebung, Bald Hills and Wynnum West.

And $44 million would be spent on road intersection upgrades.

"By targeting these congestion hot spots I hope to see improvements to Brisbane’s overall roads network," Cr Newman said.

Record dollars will also be ploughed into public transport.

Cr Newman will spend $60 million each year on buses for the next four years as part of his promise to put 125 new vehicles on the road each year.

Two new City Cats will be built in the new financial year at a cost of $3.7 million, while $5.4 million will go towards upgrading the Bulimba, Hawthorne and St Lucia City Cat terminals.

Willawong bus depot will be completed with a $39 million injection and design work will kick off on two more depots on the city’s north and south.

And to begin work on the council’s planned $100 million bikeway network, Cr Newman has allocated $25 million in this coming financial year alone.

"To put this in context, council spent $25.9 million on bikeways over the past four years, so we’re effectively spending in one year what we just did in four," he said.