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Milton CityCat Terminal Underway

07 September, 2012

Milton CityCat terminal underway

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is inspecting the start of works on the CityCat terminal at Park Road, Milton with geotechnical investigations of the riverbed underway today (Friday 7 September).

The geotechnical investigations over the next two weeks will involve a barge, measuring 35 metres long and 13 metres wide, which will collect soil samples and act as a barrier to the fast-moving river so that drilling machinery is protected and stable.

The information obtained from the geotechnical investigations will be used for the design of the pylons that will secure the future CityCat pontoon into position, which in turn will influence the design of the terminal.

Cr Quirk said he had allocated $5 million to the highly-anticipated CityCat terminal project over the next three years as a part of his vision to make Brisbane a more accessible and inclusive city.

“A new CityCat stop at Milton is a logical addition to our ferry network as it will open up Suncorp Stadium and the iconic Park Road dining precinct to Brisbane’s river suburbs,” Cr Quirk said.

“The Park Road terminal will reduce congestion on our roads and stimulate the local economy, making the inner-city hub of Milton and surrounding suburbs more accessible and more attractive to live, work and do business.”

Local councillor and Public and Active Transport chairman Peter Matic (Toowong Ward), who is responsible for the project, welcomed the works saying the geotechnical investigations were fundamental to planning where the terminal should be located, from an aesthetical, safety and flood resilient perspective.

“It is great to see this preliminary work underway to open up another suburb to the Brisbane CityCat network, as part of the Lord Mayor’s record public transport investment in both ferries and terminals for our city,” Cr Matic said.

“Community consultation is an integral part of the design process and Council will be inviting local businesses, residents and community members to comment on a series of preliminary concept designs which will be presented in early 2013.

“This will enable Council to come up with a balanced design and plan for the ferry terminal that ensures accessibility and meets current and future community needs, and I encourage community members to share their feedback.”

Construction of the new CityCat terminal at Park Road is expected to commence in early 2014 and will be completed in mid-2014.

[Ends] SEPTEMBER 7 2012

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