The initiative, led by APP’s Ross Elliott on behalf of industry think tank The Suburban Alliance, was also supported by Tract Town Planning, Arkhefield, Urban Economics, Arcadia Landscape Design and GTA Transport consultants.
The proposal was discussed at an industry event in mid-May, with the Lord Mayor expressing his support for the ideas outlined to enhance the future of Chermside, and his support for suburban renewal more generally. The proposal includes a suggestion that governments should investigate a tunnel to carry through traffic beneath the Chermside regional business centre to alleviate the pressure on on-grade traffic.
Traffic volumes at this section of Gympie Road are similar to those on the Gateway Arterial. The Chermside tunnel proposal, according to GTA, could also alleviate the need for a very costly western bypass route of more than 20 kilometres. The proposal suggests that, much like Nundah in Brisbane’s north, alleviating traffic and investing in place making, supported by effective town planning, has the potential to reinvigorate the entire regional business centre of Chermside.
A copy of the report can be downloaded here.
A series of networking images from the event can be viewed here.