The overhaul of a Brisbane black spot is a step closer, with community consultation for the Lindum level crossing upgrade commencing today.
An online forum will go live today with pop-up engagement booths to be held throughout November to leverage the knowledge of bayside locals.
Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said the upgrade would help bust congestion and improve safety and accessibility.
“We’re keen to hear from residents who use this intersection every day, so we can make sure we get this right the first time,” Mr Tudge said.
“We’ve launched a survey website and will make pop-up stalls available near the station so we can hear from residents and local businesses how we can improve safety and accessibility.”
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the comprehensive study would also look into the precinct more generally to address a range of issues, including safety, improving bus and rail facilities and connections, park ‘n’ ride facilities, bike riding infrastructure and accessibility requirements.
“This is about delivering a real solution for Lindum and bayside locals,” Mr Bailey said.
“Tapping into local knowledge will make sure we come up with the best possible option for an upgrade – one that addresses the issues relevant to the crossing and station precinct.”
Federal Member for Bonner Ross Vasta said the Lindum Crossing was well known to local residents as a safety hazard and traffic bottleneck in desperate need of fixing.
“I have been fighting for this upgrade since 2017 and have gathered more than 7000 signatures from the community,” Mr Vasta said.
“So far the Morrison Government has delivered $450,000 for the feasibility study in April 2019, and a further $85 million to fund fixing this crossing.
“This vital upgrade was also supported by a $40 million commitment by Brisbane City Council.”
State Member for Lytton Joan Pease said it was a huge win for the bayside community, with the Queensland Government dedicating $400,000 in its budget for the study.
“Our residents and businesses have been pushing to fix Lindum Crossing for a long time and I have been right behind them to make this project a priority,” Ms Pease said.
“The Lindum rail crossing is a complex four-way intersection, which is why we’re doing this study – to come up with an option that provides a safe crossing for everyone who uses it, improves traffic flow and protects the rail corridor.”