West End's Montague Rd is heavily congested, but there’s disagreement among residents about how we should fix it.
Currently, council’s long-term plan is to widen the whole of Montague to four lanes, but this would cost millions of dollars, will make the neighbourhood less pedestrian-friendly, and will probably encourage even more people to drive.
Even if we do eventually get a new CityCat terminal and a new footbridge to Toowong, we’ll still have buses stuck in general traffic congestion along Montague Rd.
I’m hosting a community policy forum to decide what we want for Montague Road’s future, and inform what I advocate for going into the 2020 council election. We will also be inviting representatives from other political parties, as well as transport and urban planning policy experts.
What should the speed limit along Montague be?
How many pedestrian crossings do we need in addition to the proposed traffic lights at Victoria St?
Should we remove street parking to safely accommodate cyclists?
Should we widen the road further?
How can we prioritise buses so they aren’t held up in general traffic?
Please join us to discuss these questions on Saturday, 27 April from 4pm to 6pm in the hall of West End State School.
- Welcome and background context by Councillor Sri
- Short presentations by expert speakers and community groups
- Brief Q&A
- Break into small groups to discuss key questions
- Groups report back, conduct public votes on straightforward questions if possible
- Elected reps briefly state their responses to the community’s priorities
We may hold additional follow-up meetings if we still need to resolve further details, but I strongly encourage residents to get along on 27 April and participate in this discussion, as the outcomes will directly shape my policy position as your local councillor.
If childcare obligations are a barrier to you attending this forum, please let my office know and we will arrange some informal child-minding at the meeting to allow you to participate.
Please spread the word and invite anyone who’s interested.