Stakeholders met at a consultation organised by Greens MP for Maiwar Michael Berkman to discuss possible transport strategies that will address QASMT safety and accessibility concerns.

MP Berkman organised the meeting following a previous meeting with Queensland Academy of Science, Maths & Technology (QASMT) P&C where the school community raised concerns about traffic and transport, as well as safety issues, following a road accident at the corner of Morrow St and Moggill Rd involving a student. 

“It’s great to see the local school community proactively working to improve public and active transport options for its students,” State Greens MP, Michale Berkman said.

“Getting kids out of cars and into buses, trains, walking and cycling will bust congestion, keep kids healthier and make our cities cleaner and quieter.

A recent study showed that it takes about an hour and a half for QASMT students from southern suburbs of Brisbane to travel to and from school, with the busiest hubs being the Cultural Centre and Roma St Station bus stops. 

Mr Berkman said that providing the right infrastructure to make public and active transport safe and attractive for families is essential.  He suggested for the Transport Minister to consider a shuttle service to QASMT from Roma Street Station, along with additional solutions such as bike lockers at train stations and steps to reducing rat running in surrounding streets.

“I’m also asking Brisbane City Council to improve pedestrian crossings near the school and investigate a reduced speed limit on Stanley Terrace, as well as putting interim safety measures in place like signage and yellow lines.”

Mr Berkman plans to host a public meeting in early 2020 and take the matter to Translink during their February 2020 review of school transport routes.