Chelmer to Indooroopilly river crossing pre-feasibility study

Brisbane City Council is undertaking a pre-feasibility study of the Chelmer to Indooroopilly river crossing in the vicinity of the Walter Taylor Bridge.


This table provides information on pre-feasibility study of the Chelmer to Indooroopilly River Crossing including address, ward, project outcomes and latest news.
Address Chelmer – Indooroopilly river crossing 
Ward Walter Taylor & Tennyson
Project outcomes Outcome of study will inform future actions for Council  
Latest news

The online survey has now closed. 


About the project

Brisbane City Council is undertaking a pre-feasibility study of the Chelmer to Indooroopilly river crossing in the vicinity of Walter Taylor Bridge to define the current traffic and transport situation and determine whether there is merit in adding more capacity for travel across the river.  

The pre-feasibility study is being undertaken as a result of Council’s ongoing network review and investigation process.

The pre-feasibility study will include a combination of technical and community inputs to assist Council determine the challenges and opportunities that exist when travelling across the river now and into the future. It will also help to identify the potential scope of further investigations that may be required, if any.

Project background

There are currently four bridges crossing the Brisbane River between Chelmer and Indooroopilly, providing transport options for road, rail and active transport.

The heritage-listed Walter Taylor Bridge provides road transport options for private and public vehicles, as well as a footpath crossing. Adjacent to the Walter Taylor Bridge are two rail bridges servicing the Ipswich/Springfield Rail Line and the Jack Pesch Bridge for people walking and riding.

Currently congestion is experienced on the Walter Taylor Bridge, which impacts both private motorists and public transport bus services.

Pre-feasibility study

A pre-feasibility study is one of the earliest stages of the planning process where a broad range of high-level information is analysed to help define the current situation, challenges and opportunities for travel and transport, in this case for travel across the Brisbane River between Chelmer and Indooroopilly.

Pre-feasibility studies may include, but are not limited to:

  • current and proposed land use in the local area
  • local and network-wide traffic studies, including both current and forecast traffic figures
  • environmental studies
  • heritage studies
  • Council planning documents, such as City Plan 2014 and Transport Plan for Brisbane
  • community input.

Council carefully considers the technical and community inputs to understand the whole picture of transport and travel challenges and opportunities. Both are important considerations for this study and each has a role to play.

The technical studies provide a high-level understanding of the expected benefits, impacts, costs, risks and opportunities for potential cross-river travel options.

The community provides valuable input on how, why and when the community crosses the river and what challenges they face when deciding on how to travel.

Community consultation

Council invited residents to have their say, via an online survey, to help us understand the community’s experience when crossing the river between Chelmer and Indooroopilly.

The online survey is now closed.

We thank all community members who completed the survey, attended one of the information sessions or contacted us directly.

Next steps

The pre-feasibility study sets the agenda for future steps, including what opportunities may need to be investigated further, if any, and in what timeframe.

Council will be undertaking technical studies and reviewing community feedback over the coming months.

Your feedback will be incorporated into the overall study and assessed alongside the technical study results, to form an overall picture of the challenges and opportunities.

The study itself is expected to be completed in mid-2022. In the interim, Council is committed to keeping the community informed and will soon provide an update to the community outlining the key themes from consultation.

More information

If you would like to provide comments or find out more about the Chelmer to Indooroopilly river crossing pre-feasibility study, you can:

  • phone the project team on 1800 314 762
  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888 (after hours)
  • email the project team
  • write to:
    Chelmer to Indooroopilly River Crossing Pre-feasibility Study
    City Projects
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001.
Last updated: 3 May 2022

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