The Queensland State Government has announced that a complete and thorough study of the existing Banyo rail level crossing and surrounding roads will begin in July 2022, on the back of failed requests over several years for the Brisbane City Council to jointly fund the study.
It is acknowledged that Banyo, Nudgee and Virginia have experienced large population growth with increased subdivision, apartments and townhouses being approved by Brisbane City Council over the last few decades. Adding to this is the Australian Catholic University expansion in Banyo and Woolworths Retail Centre has seen a shift away from the once sleepy area.
Leanne Linard, Queensland State Government Member for Nudgee announced the study with a flyer to local residents and a post on her social media account. Leanne outlined that the study will begin in July to investigate opportunities to alleviate traffic congestion at the level crossing.
“As a long-term resident of the Banyo and Nudgee community, I know that congestion and safety at the Banyo level crossing is an issue of concern to our local community”
“In March 2020, I secured a $200,000 commitment from the Palaszczuk Government to fund a joint study at the crossing. As the roads around the station are all under the control of the Brisbane City Council (BCC), I have been calling on the local councillor and BCC since that time to work collaboratively with Transport and Main Roads and Queensland Rail on this study in the hope of identifying options to improve safety at the crossing”.
“Unfortunately, Council has refused to partner on this study, so we will go it alone”, Mrs Linard said.
Leanne expressed her concern that it was not her preferred option, with the Council the owner of the road network around the crossing and will need to play a role in any potential solution and the area of Banyo a hub of community activity with services, shops, cafes and Banyo train station within the precinct.
“So the better outcome would be for both levels of government to work together. However, I know our community is tired of waiting and deserve to be consulted on any potential options for improvement”.
“The Banyo level crossing is an important community precinct with many shops and services. St Vincents Road and other local roads have increasingly struggled with congestion over recent years as development has increased in the surrounding area. So, it’s important that this study considers a balanced approach to improving congestion and safety while ensuring that the local shopping precinct remains both vibrant and accessible”.
“It will investigate improvements to accessibility for all road users at the level crossing. The study will also complement the accessibility upgrade of the station itself, due to commence next year”, Mrs Linard said.
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