Local Community Split on Toowong to West End Green Bridge

The proposed Toowong to West End green bridge has received mixed reactions since plans were announced to move forward with the design phase by the end of the year. 

Read: Toowong to West End Green Bridge Design Phase to Start Soon

The bridge, aimed at improving cycling and pedestrian infrastructure, would span the Brisbane River connecting Toowong and West End.

Conflicting Views 

Although there is robust support on the Toowong side of the river and from cycling advocacy groups, some local organisations have expressed doubts. ParK It, a Toowong community group seeking to preserve riverfront park space, said they were disappointed with the lack of action so far. 

West End Green Bridge
Aerial view of the concept design for Toowong to West End bridge (Photo credit: Brisbane City Council/Flickr)

The group said the community urges the Brisbane City Council to promptly proceed with this vital infrastructure through an inclusive process involving the community at each phase. This will help maximise the small remaining greenspace in Toowong and minimise damage to greenspace in West End, the group stated.

West End Green Bridge
Artist’s impression of landing plaza at Toowong (Photo credit: Brisbane City Council/Flickr)

On the other side of the river, the West End Community Association has concerns about potential impacts to Cranbrook Place. The association believes that a bridge may not be the best use of funds. 

For active transport, infrastructure on Vulture Street should be prioritised first in their view. Solutions are needed that alleviate bottlenecks and save people time, the association stated.

Funding Concerns

Meanwhile, details about funding for the next design phase remain uncertain, despite officials announcing plans to move forward. 

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The bridge has an estimated price tag of $190 million. Whilst the Queensland Government has committed $10 million towards planning and development, additional sources for the remaining costs have not been finalised.

Around one third of the funding required for the Toowong to West End bridge, as well as other proposed green bridges, will need to be secured from state and federal government 

However, the council said that undertaking detailed design work is crucial before requesting funding from the state and federal governments.  They added that completing detailed design work is necessary before seeking funding from the state and federal governments.

Published 20-September-2023

Toowong to West End Green Bridge Design Phase to Start Soon

After being paused to prioritise Brisbane’s flood recovery last year, the proposed Toowong to West End green bridge is set to move into the detailed design phase by the end of 2023.

Read: Steps Taken to Acquire Toowong Green Bridge Landing Site

The Toowong to West End pedestrian and cycle bridge, which would span the Brisbane River connecting the two suburbs, is one of four green bridges proposed by Brisbane City Council. It could support over 5,000 trips per day by 2041 if built.

Toowong to West End Green Bridge rest point with seating and viewing opportunities – Artist’s impression only (Photo credit: Brisbane City Council/Flickr)

According to updates from Council, planning for the bridge had been paused to focus on the city’s flood recovery efforts. But with developers now moving on the former ABC Toowong site, securing the land for the bridge was identified as a priority.

Proposed riverside park and plaza at the Toowong landing (Photo credit: Brisbane City Council/Flickr)

The concept design for the bridge was unveiled in late 2021 and community consultations were undertaken until early 2022. Based on the outcome of the consultations, the concept design received generally positive feedback on the proposed bridge form.

Key features of the proposed bridge

  • a curved single-mast cable stay bridge form with a length of about 280m and mast height of 75m above water level
  • a single water-based pier on the Toowong side of the Brisbane River to minimise impacts on river users
  • dedicated pathways for walkers and riders, with a minimum width of 6m and accessible grades
  • a bridge clearance height of 11.4 metres, with provision for a 70m wide navigation channel
  • a rest point and widened pathway (up to 9m) adjacent to the bridge mast with seating and viewing opportunities
  • shade along the length of the walking path
  • a new riverside green space at the Toowong landing
  • a landing at Orleigh Park that minimises impacts on open space and provides a direct connection to the walking and cycling network.

An estimated one third of funding for the Toowong to West End bridge and other planned green bridges needs to come from state and federal governments. Council has yet to apply for state government funding for the Toowong to West End bridge project.

The Council is pushing forward with plans for the Toowong to West End bridge, saying detailed design work is essential before approaching the state and federal governments for funding.

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So far, only the plans for the Kangaroo Point green bridge and the Breakfast Creek green bridge are progressing. Like the Toowong to West End bridge, The St Lucia to West End green bridge has also been paused to prioritise flood recovery.

Published 31-August-2023

Toowong, St Lucia to West End Green Bridges Confirmed After Overwhelming Support

After a four-month consultation period and more than 4,000 responses from the locals, the locations of the third and fourth green bridges to link West End to Toowong and St Lucia have been confirmed.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said that the bridge from Toowong to West End will have its landing sites at the former ABC property on Coronation Drive and Forbes Street in West End. About 83 percent of the residents agreed to this proposal, whilst 64 percent supported the plan to have a green bridge at Guyatt Park in St Lucia to connect to West End’s Orleigh Park. 

Photo Credit: Brisbane City Council

Mr Schrinner said that the new owners of the former ABC site, Consolidation Property Group, have been aware of the proposal, which will become part of its upcoming development plans.

Council will soon be working on a detailed business case that will carefully map out the estimates and benefits of the Toowong to West End and St Lucia to West End green bridges, including the funding and time frame for construction.

“We will now proceed to develop business cases for each of these bridges and commence detailed design work. The rise of e-mobility is illustrating just how important major infrastructure like this is to connect communities and reduce our reliance on motor vehicles,” Councillor Ryan Murphy said.  

Meanwhile, Council said that the Toowong to West End green bridge will be able to cater to 3,400 trips a day in 10 years. Per the residents’ response, the Toowong site is third on the priority list after the construction of the green bridges in Kangaroo Point and Breakfast Creek. These bridges are earmarked for construction by late 2021 and should be completed in 2023.

Only the fifth bridge’s location has yet to be determined.