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.
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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In November 2021, Council released a concept design for the St Lucia to West End Green Bridge for community feedback. The concept design 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 to community feedback, and 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:
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
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.
Initial consultation phase
Community consultation on alignment options
Prepare preliminary business cases and concept designs
Finalise business cases and ongoing engagement with key stakeholders
Staged project delivery*
*Subject to funding and approvals.
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 this green bridge, including final design treatments, ongoing connections to the city-wide walking and cycling network, and managing construction impacts.
Council will continue to keep local residents and stakeholders informed about the project as it progresses.
- 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).