Construction on the final component of the Suncorp Stadium redevelopment had begun linking Caxton Street with Roma Street via a new pedestrian walkway.

Mr Beattie said during the stadium redevelopment works, pedestrian infrastructure to the east of Petrie Terrace was put on hold pending completion of the City West Master Plan.

"This was done to ensure the community received the greatest benefit from the $12 million set aside for the walkway," he said.

Mr Beattie said the Caxton-Roma Street pedestrian link would reduce and, in some cases, eliminate the need to close down Upper Roma Street to accommodate pedestrian traffic from major events at Suncorp Stadium.

"Currently, for major events such as State of Origin and Bledisloe Cup, it is necessary to close all four lanes of Upper Roma Street between Countess Street and Milton Road," Mr Beattie said. "This is necessary to provide enough room for patrons and Stadium buses to safely make their way between the Stadium, the Brisbane Transit Centre and the CBD. However, once the Caxton-Roma Pedestrian Link is completed only partial closures of Upper Roma Street will be required for major events and no closures will be required for smaller events, improving traffic flow throughout the precinct.

"This is an important piece of infrastructure, not just in that it will complete the walkway network promised as part of the Suncorp Stadium redevelopment, but because it will also provide a pleasant route for everyone wanting to walk between the CBD and Paddington on a daily basis. It will contribute to the vibrancy and vitality of the inner city west precinct."

Mr Beattie said the funding for the project was approved as part of the $280 million redevelopment of Suncorp Stadium.

"The work we are about to undertake is part of the recommendations in the City West Plan, which concluded that a walkway with this alignment was the most effective way of managing the pedestrian traffic to and from the Stadium and would also provide the community with pedestrian infrastructure they can use all year round," he said.

"The first stage of this walkway involves the construction of a bridge to take pedestrians from Roma Street over the rail line and busway to the Police Barracks site.

"The second section of the walkway between the rail line and Caxton Street forms part of a plan of development submitted by joint venture partners QM Properties and the Property Solutions Group which recently received Brisbane City Council approval."

Mr Beattie said that construction of the Caxton-Roma Pedestrian Link would have little impact on local businesses and residents, as construction activities will largely take place away from public spaces and thoroughfares.

"To maximise cost and time efficiencies and to avoid the duplication of resources the INB (Inner Northern Busway) Hub Alliance have been appointed to construct the pedestrian bridge over the rail line and busway," he said.

Mr Beattie said the Alliance (Queensland Transport, Leighton Contractors, Maunsell Australia, Coffey Geosciences, Bligh Voller Nield and EDAW Gillespies), are currently constructing the INB Queen Street to Roma Street project.

Residents can call 1800 027 237 for further information.

14 December, 2006

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