The Western Brisbane Bypass Action Group (WBBAG) is a non-political community group formed to raise awareness and present the facts relating to a potential Western Brisbane Bypass.
The QLD Government, through the Western Brisbane Transport Network Investigation (WBTNI), is currently investigating transport in the Western Suburbs, specifically the need for a Western Brisbane Bypass. It has not provided any recommendations at this point, but should be making its options known by mid 2008, and a recommendation by late 2008.
THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS
June CLG Update
Updates from the June WBTNI CLG South meeting are now available.
May CLG Update
The government today announced via several media releases that the proposed Western Brisbane Bypass has been abandoned. The original media release is here. The WBTNI website has a map available. See the full story for more information.
February CLG Update
Updates from the February WBTNI CLG South meeting are now available. There is a lot to take in from this update and the WBTNI have released quite a number of publications that correspond to what is happening at the CLG meetings and beyond.
Minutes, Breakfast and Politics
The official minutes from November have been posted, a statement from Anna Bligh and an upcoming breakfast with the WBTNI complete this update. The next CLG meeting will be on Wednesday 6 February 2008. Feel free to pass on your views or ideas and we will take them to the CLG.
WBTNI Releases Final Terms of Reference
A short news item pointing to the Final Terms of Reference and a few other details from the WBTNI.
WBTNI Community Liaison Groups
Read our executive summary from the first WBTNI community liaison group meeting. The official WBTNI Minutes/Notes for both CLG groups are now available. As are the CLG Scope Documents and Updated Engagement Milestones.
WBBAG/REPA Meet the WBTNI
The WBBAG and REPA met with key members of the Western Brisbane Transport Network Investigation (WBTNI) on Thursday the 23rd of August. Read all the details in our summary.
Provide Feedback to the Western Brisbane Transport Network Investigation (WBTNI)
ABOUT THE WESTERN BRISBANE BYPASS
What is the Western Brisbane Bypass?
The Western Brisbane Bypass is a proposed motorway linking the Warrego Highway near Ipswich north to the Bruce Highway in Caboolture.
In the Queensland State Governments 2005 South East Queensland (SEQ) Regional Plan, it shows the bypass potentially going through Brisbanes western suburbs including: Moggill, Bellbowrie, Anstead, Pullenvale, Brookfield, Brisbane Forest Park, Enoggera Reservoir, The Gap, Upper Kedron and Samford.
It is not the Goodna Bypass or the Kenmore Bypass.
REPA and WBBAG are not against a bypass but are of the opinion that any bypass will have greater advantage being constructed along the approximate alignment of the Brisbane Valley Highway.
Western Brisbane Bypass Study Underway
On 27 March 2007, the Queensland State Governments Department of Main Roads announced that it commissioned a study at a cost of approximately $17 million to ascertain if a Western Brisbane Bypass is needed through the western suburbs of Brisbane and or through the Brisbane Valley.
The Western Brisbane Bypass study, part of the Western Brisbane Transport Network study, is to be conducted by engineering consultants, Maunsell Australia and Sinclair Knight Mertz, and is expected to be completed by the beginning of next year.
Main Roads has advised that the concept is to bypass traffic to the west of Brisbane towards the Caboolture hinterland and link up with the Bruce Highway.
It is understood that there will be two key options for a western bypass - one constructed along the approximate alignment of the existing Brisbane Valley Highway near Esk, and the other running through Moggill, Pullenvale, Brookfield, Upper Brookfield and on to The Gap.
Schedule for Study
The schedule for the development of western bypass options is clearly stated on the Main Roads website as follows:
"April 2007 - June 2007"
"The study team is reviewing the relevance of Brisbane City Council's Northern Link proposal and two previously suggested western bypass proposals, one in the zone west of Mt Coot-tha, the other further west in the Brisbane Valley. Northern Link involves a road tunnel linking the eastern end of the Centenary Highway at Toowong to the Inner City Bypass at Kelvin Grove."
Impact to Brisbane Suburbs
The communities of western Brisbane are communities with strong identities and sense of place. Furthermore, construction of a major bypass within these communities and through Brisbanes green belt will be devastating especially with respect to Brisbanes air pollution, existing protected ecosystems, visual, noise and traffic impact and safety for community residents.