MP Mark Robinson calls on Transport minister Mark Bailey for update on Eastern Busway to Redlands

Works on the Eastern Transitway to start soon

OODGEROO MP Mark Robinson has once again called on Minister of Transport and Main Road Mark Bailey to upgrade five intersections on the Eastern Busway.

Mr Robinson's question was tabled in Parliament last week.

He asked for a an update on the project as works had not yet begun.

Mr Bailey said he noted that Mr Robinson represented the electorate of Cleveland in the previous LNP Government.

"While the previous government was in office, it did not invest in crucial congestion-busting projects like the Eastern Transitway.

"Instead they cut $600 million from transport infrastructure in Queensland. In contrast to the previous government, the Palaszczuk Government is investing in the delivery of the Eastern Transitway," he said.

Mr Bailey said this cost-effective solution would improve priority for public transport along Old Cleveland Road, from Coorparoo to Carindale, and aimed to extend the benefits of the operating sections of the Eastern Busway.

To reduce impacts to the community during construction, the project will be delivered using a staged approach, with stage one being prioritised.

Stage one is located on Old Cleveland Road between Carindale Street and Narracott Street.

"Community consultation to nearby stage 1 residents and businesses began in late 2019, with wider community consultation on the stage one draft design to be released in the coming weeks," Mr Bailey said.

Start of construction on stage one is scheduled to begin over the coming months, with completion estimated in 2021, subject to Brisbane City Council approvals.

Mr Bailey said as Old Cleveland Road was a Brisbane City Council-controlled road, the Department of Transport and Main Roads was working closely with BCC during the design and delivery phases of the project