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17 Nov 2021: Governments and DTMR Completely Out of Touch ....
« on: November 17, 2021, 04:10:09 AM »
Governments and DTMR Completely Out of Touch with North Brisbane Bruce Highway Western Alternative

17th November 2021

RAIL Back On Track (http://backontrack.org) a web based community support group for rail and public transport and an advocate for public transport passengers condemns the latest "congestion-busting" road proposal from the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR)(1).

In the same week the SEQ Council of Mayors launched it’s "Let’s Get Moving" campaign, DTMR launched planning for the first stage of the North Brisbane Bruce Highway Western Alternative (BHWA).  A project that will ensure "Lets Get Moving" becomes "We're stuck in even worse traffic".  Time and time again RAIL Back On Track, along with other active/public transport and rail advocates, highlight that building more roads just encourages the existing population to drive more with little economic benefit.  Our current congestion, like cities around the world, has outgrown population growth 4 to 5 fold.  These project don't fix congestion they create even more (2).

The North Brisbane Bruce Highway Western Alternative (BHWA) along with a raft of other road projects in SEQ have no place a 21 Century transport system and shows that DTMR is out of touch with modern transport planning which prioritises active/public's transport and freight rail ahead of road transport particularly passenger vehicles (3).

The importance of this reprioritisation was evident on the world stage with COP26 adding a critical sentence the Glasgow Declaration on Accelerating the Transition to 100% Zero Emission Cars and Vans. "We recognise that alongside the shift to zero emission vehicles, a sustainable future for road transport will require wider system transformation, including support for active travel, public and shared transport (4).


RAIL Back On Track calls on the Minister for Transport, the SEQ Council of Mayors and DTMR to halt work on SEQ road widening/bypass/alternative projects and refocus their efforts and investment on planning and supporting safe and accessible active/public transport and freight rail across SEQ including a A Fast Rail vision for SEQ (5).

Robert Dow
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References:

1. North Brisbane Bruce Highway Western Alternative, planning
https://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/projects/north-brisbane-bruce-highway-western-alternative-planning
2. The Congestion Con: How Bad Land Use and Transportation Decisions Go Hand-in-Hand
https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2020/3/6/the-congestion-con-how-bad-land-use-and-transportation-decisions-go-hand-in-hand
3. Don’t “Balance” Modes — Prioritize Walking, Biking, and Transit
https://denver.streetsblog.org/2017/02/09/brent-toderian-dont-balance-modes-prioritize-walking-biking-and-transit/
4. Active Travel, Transit Added To Official COP26 Declaration After Last-Minute Appeal By EU Official https://www.forbes.com/sites/carltonreid/2021/11/10/electric-cars-wont-save-the-planet-say-transport-experts-at-cop26/?sh=71bd82179782
5. A Fast Rail vision for SEQ
https://railbotforum.org/mbs/index.php?topic=14462.0
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