St Lucia to West End Green Bridge
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.
While planning for the St Lucia to West End Green Bridge has been paused to prioritise flood recovery activities across Brisbane, Council has released the outcomes of community consultation on the concept design for this city-shaping project.
Feedback on the concept design will play a critical role in future stages of planning, including the final bridge design, ongoing connections to the city-wide walking and riding network, and management of impacts during construction, once funding for the project is secured.
You can also view the 'St Lucia to West End Green Bridge Artist Impressions' album via Council’s Flickr account.
From November 2021 to February 2022, Council undertook community consultation on the concept design for the St Lucia to West End Green Bridge. At this time, Council also released key findings of the preliminary business case for the project.
Following consultation, Council reviewed and summarised all feedback to determine the overall support for the concept design. A consultation summary document and detailed consultation report were prepared to outline the consultation process, key feedback themes, online survey results and next steps for the project.
Overall, feedback included:
- general support for the concept design
- mixed overall feedback on the need for the project, particularly if the Toowong to West End Green Bridge is delivered
- mixed responses to the proposed bridge form, with some positive feedback that it is attractive / modern, and some concerns it impacts on local amenity
- interest in how bridge users will safely and easily connect with the broader green / public transport networks, and what upgrades may be required
- interest in potential construction timing and impacts.
Council will keep the community informed as the project progresses and will provide a further opportunity for feedback during future stages of project planning.
General support for overall design
Minimise impacts to riverside parks
Requests for additional shade cover
Download the concept design consultation report and summary in your preferred format:
- St Lucia to West End Green Bridge – Concept Design Consultation Report - September 2022 (PDF - 3Mb)
- St Lucia to West End Green Bridge – Concept Design Consultation Report - September 2022 (Word - 6Mb)
- St Lucia to West End Green Bridge – Concept Design Consultation Summary - September 2022 (PDF - 9.5Mb)
- St Lucia to West End Green Bridge – Concept Design Consultation Summary - September 2022 (Word - 299kb)
About the concept design
The concept design for the St Lucia to West End Green Bridge is based on the preferred alignment from the riverfront of Guyatt Park, St Lucia to Orleigh Park (near Morry Street), West End.
The 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.
The concept design is not final and will be subject further development during future stages of project planning.
Download the St Lucia to West End location map (Word - 830kb).
St Lucia landing
St Lucia landing
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:
- Access to and from the green bridge via a ramp incorporated into the park.
- Improved riverside park space with opportunity for shade, seating and new elevated viewing areas.
- 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
West End landing
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:
- Access to and from the green bridge via an over-water circular ramp that minimises impacts on Orleigh Park.
- Access to high-frequency bus services.
- New and upgraded seating, lighting and signage.
- Access to walking and riding routes within Orleigh Park and Orleigh Street.
- 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.
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.
Download the key findings of the preliminary business case in your preferred format:
- St Lucia to West End Green Bridge Preliminary Business Case Key Findings (PDF - 3.1Mb)
- St Lucia to West End Green Bridge Preliminary Business Case Key Findings (Word - 371kb).
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
While planning for the St Lucia to West End and Toowong to West End Green Bridges was paused in 2022 to prioritise flood recovery activities across Brisbane, Council will seek additional contributions from the Queensland and Australian governments to help deliver these critical projects.
If funding is secured during the flood recovery effort, Council will consider progressing these bridges sooner than anticipated.
Initial consultation phase
Community consultation on alignment options
Prepare preliminary business cases and concept designs
Staged project delivery
subject to funding and approvals
Previous 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.
A consultation summary document and a detailed consultation report were also prepared, outlining 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.
Council’s latest round of community consultation was undertaken on the concept design for the St Lucia to West End Green Bridge from November 2021 to February 2022. At this time, Council also released key findings of the preliminary business case for the project. Read more about the outcomes of community consultation on the concept design.
Council will continue to keep local residents and stakeholders informed and provide more opportunities for residents to have their say during future stages of the project.
Project documents and resources
- St Lucia to West End and Toowong to West End Green Bridges project update – November 2021 (PDF - 3.86Mb)
- St Lucia to West End and Toowong to West End Green Bridges project update – November 2021 (Word - 18.61Mb).
- Toowong to West End and St Lucia to West End project update newsletter – November 2020 (PDF - 4.83Mb)
- Toowong to West End and St Lucia to West End project update newsletter – November 2020 (Word - 4.67Mb).
- St Lucia to West End Green Bridge alignment options – Consultation Summary (PDF - 7.8Mb)
- St Lucia to West End Green Bridge alignment options – Consultation Summary (Word - 168kb)
- St Lucia to West End Green Bridge alignment options – Consultation Report (PDF - 5.5Mb)
- St Lucia to West End Green Bridge alignment options – Consultation Report (Word - 4.6Mb).