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Brisbane City Council is building new green bridges across Brisbane to make it even easier for you to get around our city.

The St Lucia to West End Green Bridge will make it easier to walk or ride between St Lucia, The University of Queensland, West End, Highgate Hill and the CBD.

Following the outcomes of community consultation in late 2020 and early 2021, and additional investigations undertaken to inform a preliminary business case, Council has prepared a concept design for the St Lucia to West End Green Bridge for community feedback.

Council is committed to working with the community to deliver the St Lucia to West End Green Bridge to help shape our city’s future, making Brisbane an even better place to live, work and relax for generations to come.

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Have your say

Community consultation for the St Lucia to West End Green Bridge concept design is now open.

Complete an online survey or attend an information session to have your say.

Fly-through video

You can also watch this video on Council’s YouTube channel.

Artist impressions

St Lucia to West End Green Bridge concept design

You can also view the 'St Lucia to West End Green Bridge Artist Impressions' album via Council’s Flickr account.

About the concept design

Council has prepared a concept design for the St Lucia to West End Green Bridge based on the preferred alignment from the riverfront of Guyatt Park, St Lucia to Orleigh Park (near Morry Street), West End.

The concept design aims to provide an elegant structure that responds to the suburban setting and seamlessly integrates into the surrounding park and residential setting on both sides of the river.

Key features include:

  • a ground anchored long-span suspension bridge with four gently inclined masts, with a total length of about 310m
  • dedicated pathways for walkers and riders, with a minimum width of 6m and accessible grades
  • a bridge clearance height of 11.4m, with provision for a 70m wide navigation channel
  • ensures CityCats can continue to operate safely at the West End and Guyatt Park ferry terminals
  • rest points with seating and viewing opportunities at each end of the bridge
  • shade across the full width of the main bridge span.

Have your say

Community consultation for the St Lucia to West End Green Bridge is now open until 28 February 2022.

Your feedback on the concept design will play a critical role in helping to finalise the bridge design and business case for the St Lucia to West End Green Bridge.

Online survey

Tell us what you think about the concept design for the project. What do you like and what can be improved?

Complete the online survey now

Information sessions

Come along to an information session to meet members of the project team and provide your feedback. Interested community members are welcome to drop in at any time.

St Lucia to West End Green Bridge consultation information sessions

Date

Time

Location

Wednesday 17 November 2021

10am-1pm

The University of Queensland (Campbell Place), 280-284 Sir Fred Schonell Drive, St Lucia

Saturday 20 November 2021

9am-12 noon

Guyatt Park, Laurence Street, St Lucia

Wednesday 24 November 2021

11am-2pm

Queen Street Mall (Wintergarden entrance), Queen Street, Brisbane CBD

Saturday 27 November 2021

9am-12 noon

Orleigh Park (Area 3) at Montague Road, West End

Monday 29 November 2021

4-7pm

Toowong Library (meeting room), 9 Sherwood Road, Toowong

Tuesday 30 November 2021

4-7pm

St Lucia Bowls Club, 9 Carr Street, St Lucia

Saturday 4 December 2021

6am-2pm

West End Markets, Davies Park, Montague Road and Jane Street, West End

Wednesday 8 December 2021

4-7pm

South Brisbane Sailing Club, 68 Hill End Terrace, West End

Sunday 6 February 2022

9am-12 noon

Toowong Library (meeting room), 9 Sherwood Road, Toowong

Saturday 12 February 2022

6am-2pm

West End Markets, Davies Park, Montague Road and Jane Street, West End

Note: Sessions will be held in accordance with COVID Safe guidelines and session details are subject to change.

Location

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Accessible version

Download the St Lucia to West End location map (Word - 830kb).

St Lucia landing

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The St Lucia landing is located on the central riverfront section of Guyatt Park, north of the Guyatt Park ferry terminal. This landing will provide:

  1. Access to and from the green bridge via a ramp incorporated into the park.
  2. Improved riverside park space with opportunity for shade, seating and new elevated viewing areas.
  3. Walking and riding access through Guyatt Park to surrounding destinations including The University of Queensland.

Download the accessible version of the St Lucia landing map:

West End landing

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The West End landing is located in Orleigh Park near Morry Street, north of the West End ferry terminal and CityGlider bus stops. This landing will provide:

  1. Access to and from the green bridge via an over-water circular ramp that minimises impacts on Orleigh Park.
  2. Access to high-frequency bus services.
  3. New and upgraded seating, lighting and signage.
  4. Access to walking and riding routes within Orleigh Park and Orleigh Street.
  5. Ongoing connections to Montague Road and Riverside Drive walking and riding pathways.

Download the accessible version of the West End landing map:

Preliminary business case

Based on the concept design, Council has prepared a preliminary business case for the St Lucia to West End Green Bridge. This has been informed by a range of initial economic, transport and technical investigations that have assessed the costs, benefits and feasibility of the projects.

The preliminary business case indicates this green bridge would provide a value for money investment for Brisbane ratepayers, delivering improved accessibility and green transport options which will result in reduced congestion, increased economic activity and health benefits.  

Key benefits include:

  • boosts inner city movement and cross river access
  • better connects existing green transport routes, including the Bicentennial Bikeway to The University of Queensland, and creates new strategic corridors in the inner city
  • reduces reliance on private vehicle trips and decreases vehicle emissions
  • supports growing e-mobility ridership
  • supports a clean, green and sustainable city and healthy lifestyle.
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The St Lucia to West End Green Bridge is expected to carry 3500 trips per day by 2031 and 4200 trips per day by 2041, based on assessments undertaken for the preliminary business case.
 

Faster and more convenient connections between work, study and lifestyle precincts

Improved access to public transport and city-wide walking and riding network

More lifestyle and leisure opportunities for local residents

Project timeline

Feedback on the concept designs will play a critical role in helping to inform the ongoing planning for the St Lucia to West End and Toowong to West End Green Bridges.

Previous consultation undertaken on both bridges clearly indicated many residents see the Toowong to West End Green Bridge as a great priority for Brisbane.

In response to this feedback, Council would deliver the Toowong to West End Green Bridge first. Works could commence on the Toowong to West End Green Bridge as soon as 2024, subject to funding and approvals, with each bridge expected to take around two years to complete.

Stage

Initial consultation phase

COMPLETED

Stage

Community consultation on alignment options

COMPLETED

Stage

Prepare preliminary business case and concept design

CURRENT STAGE

Stage

Finalise business cases and ongoing engagement with key stakeholders

MID-LATE 2022

Stage

Staged project delivery*

2024 onwards

*Subject to funding and approvals.

Community consultation

Community and stakeholder feedback has been critical to the development of the St Lucia to West End Green Bridge.

Initial consultation on the project was undertaken in late 2019 as part of the Green Bridges Program's early planning phase. Council completed a detailed analysis of all feedback received and prepared an Initial Consultation Outcomes report.

Following the initial consultation phase, Council undertook a range of technical investigations and studies on potential alignments and landing locations for this green bridge. This included traffic and transport modelling, environmental studies, site investigations and initial cost estimates. Based on these studies, Council released a shortlist of alignment options for the community to provide feedback on in November 2020. 

Council reviewed and analysed all feedback received on the alignment options and prepared a consultation summary document. A detailed consultation report was also prepared that outlines the consultation process, feedback received and Council’s response to key feedback themes.

Overall, feedback included:

  • general positive support for the alignment from Guyatt Park, St Lucia to Orleigh Park (near Morry Street), West End
  • requests for impacts to green space at landing locations to be minimised
  • interest in more information being made available, including a business case, to outline the demand for the project and the benefits it will deliver.

Feedback will play a critical role in developing these green bridges, including ongoing connections to the city-wide walking and cycling network.

Council will continue to keep local residents and stakeholders informed about the projects as they progress.

Project documents and resources

Newsletters

Consultation reports

Last updated: 19 November 2021