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Use Go Between Bridge for travel saving on Origin night

05 July, 2011

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is encouraging Brisbane motorists to use the Go Between Bridge tomorrow evening to beat the Origin traffic.

As the bridge celebrates its first birthday, the Lord Mayor said the city’s newest river crossing had proven to be a success and was meeting its traffic forecasts.

Cr Quirk said more than 3.7 million motorists had used the Go Between Bridge since it opened and about 14,000 vehicles use the bridge each weekday.

“The success of this bridge vindicates public investment in major infrastructure and is a good sign for our next big project, the Legacy Way tunnel linking the Western Freeway to the Inner City Bypass,” he said.

“About 14,000 motorists each weekday are having their trip from South Brisbane to Hale Street cut by 10 minutes during peak times.

“The weekday average has steadily increased from around 10,000 in its first couple of months and reached a record daily high of 15,783.

“If anyone is still curious about the bridge, I encourage them to see its benefits on Origin night to cross the river which will be one of the busiest nights of the year on the road.”

Cr Quirk encouraged people travelling to and from the Origin game to use public transport or to consider walking across the Go Between Bridge from South Brisbane to Milton.

“The steady increase in the average number of daily trips proves motorists are recognising the benefits of the Go Between Bridge in saving time and avoiding CBD traffic,” Cr Quirk said.

“More and more people from across the city are discovering the benefits of using the Go Between Bridge, which is one of Brisbane’s quiet achievers.

“We’ve also seen 4,500 less car trips per day on the William Jolly Bridge since the Go Between Bridge opened.”

The Go Between Bridge was opened to traffic on 5 July 2010 with more than $42 million in construction savings that enabled Council to reduce its toll for the first year.

From July 1, cars pay $2.42 to use the Go Between Bridge. The toll for the CLEM7 is $3.95 and for the Gateway Bridge is $3.99.

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