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6th March 2016Call to scrutinise Kingsford Smith Drive 'Car Rapid Transit'
It is no surprise to us that Team Quirk's signature Kingsford Smith Drive (KSD) upgrade project is an expensive white elephant. There are far higher priorities, and it seems the citizens of Brisbane are starting to realise that.
See the Sunday Mail--> Graham Quirk’s $650m Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade gets lukewarm response from voters
Even the RACQ considers the KSD upgrade funds could be spent better elsewhere.
Both the ALP and Greens have far more mature and future visions for Brisbane than the present LNP administration, clearly.
The failure to properly enable Legacy Way for buses as promised is a signature failure of the present LNP Council Administration. Can they really be trusted with respect to KSD?
For interest this is what we said in 2011 about the KSD .... still relevant (below).
Little wonder it is not only the wheels on the rubber tyre ' pie in the sky ' Metro that are falling off the Team Quirk bus it is?
RAIL Back On Track http://backontrack.org
Media release 6 April 2011SEQ: Call to scrutinise Kingsford Smith Drive 'Car Rapid Transit'
RAIL Back On Track (http://backontrack.org
) a web based community support group for rail and public transport and an advocate for public transport commuters calls on Infrastructure Australia to scrutinise Kingsford Smith Drive Car Rapid Transit. Other cost-effective solutions including public transport-only options should be considered.
Robert Dow, Spokesman for RAIL Back On Track said:
"RAIL Back on Track notes that 'Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade is now back on the agenda' (1,2).
"All options presented for capacity expansion on Kingsford Smith Drive so far have focused solely on Car Rapid Transit – the fast movement of single occupant vehicles. The cost of the most expensive option is an eye watering $3.2 BILLION dollars, equivalent to three Gold Coast Light Rail projects, with money to spare!"
"The modal choice of Car Rapid Transit needs to be independently scrutinised by Infrastructure Australia against Bus Rapid Transit (BUZ in peak hour T2 lanes), Rail Rapid Transit (Doomben Line upgrade), more frequent ferries and de-congestion pricing, all of which are are likely to cost a lot less than $3.2 BILLION."
"There has already been a duplication of the Gateway Motorway, while a tunnel will connect to Brisbane Airport as part of the Airport Link Car Rapid Transit project. It seems that the real purpose of this Kingsford Smith Drive road upgrade project is to relieve congestion encouraged by people rat-running off the so-called 'Inner City (Congested) Bypass (ICB) to access the Gateway Motorway and avoid tolls. It would be prudent to wait to see the effects of the Airport Link tunnel before spending billions."
"RAIL Back on Track has written extensively on the simplicity of upgrading the Doomben railway line as providing increased transport capacity in this area (3,4,5). Public transport upgrades can proceed separately from, and independent to, any road upgrade for Kingsford Smith Drive. Public transport upgrades and road upgrades are logically separate projects and it is not necessary for improvements to public transport to come mandatorily pre-packaged with road upgrades. We would like to see decent 'public transport only' options. The Doomben line duplication was planned and initial works done in the 1950s. In light of increasing congestion, it's completion is surely due now, not in 20 years time if the community is lucky."
"RAIL Back on Track again calls for the total abandonment of 'balanced transport' and a shift to 'rebalanced transport' based around walking, cycling, buses, ferries and rail. Incentives for public transport must be combined with disincentives for driving because any other combination is self-defeating. 'Car Rapid Transit' is a low capacity, high-pollution, expensive-to-construct, high-toll mode inappropriate for mass transit purposes. Looming peak oil crises are going to precipitate a transport crisis of major proportions. Now is the time to properly prepare."
"The unblocking of the Sunshine Coast rail line for example (which is at capacity) could do more for national freight objectives and passenger transport than more redundant expensive road projects."
"RAIL Back on Track also does not understand why, after boasting about making a $300 million dollar saving on Legacy Way, $50 million dollars could not be found for a bus interconnection to the busway to allow Council's own buses to use the Legacy Way (Northern Link Tunnel) (6). Another 'non-core' promise or just badly managed obfuscation? Either way, it is certainly reflective of the appalling transport planning generally in south-east Queensland, and why the 'locals' cannot be trusted as they are obsessed with car rapid transit!"
RAIL Back On Track http://backontrack.org
1.Kingsford Smith Drive back on agendahttp://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/kingsford-smith-drive-back-on-agenda-20110404-1ctha.html
2. Kingsford Smith Drive upgradehttp://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/traffic-transport/plans-projects/transport-projects/Kingsford-Smith-Drive-Upgrade/index.htm
3. SEQ: Car Rapid Transit money better spent on Real Rapid Transithttp://railbotforum.org/mbs/index.php?topic=5492.0
4. SEQ: Doomben Line upgrade required http://railbotforum.org/mbs/index.php?topic=5469.0
5. SEQ: "Car rapid transit" is NOT the only option for Kingsford Smith Drivehttp://railbotforum.org/mbs/index.php?topic=5166.0
6. Express bus mooted for western suburbshttp://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/express-bus-mooted-for-western-suburbs-20100920-15jmr.html