Beverley McArthur MP
Member for Western Victoria Region
QUEENS PARK BRIDGE SURVEY RESULTS
Member for Western Victoria, Beverley McArthur created an online survey which lasted three weeks, providing interested constituents with the opportunity to have their voice heard on the future of the Queens Park Bridge in Geelong.
Mrs McArthur noted that “it’s important for the community to express a view on this iconic piece of road infrastructure which has served the area well over a long period of time but with the growing population may need further transport options.”
The survey had the following options:
• I support a new two lane Queens Park Bridge for road traffic while at the same time retaining the existing bridge for pedestrians, cyclists and heritage value.
• I support the retention of the old bridge and it being signalized to improve traffic flow.
• I support a new Queens Park Bridge and the removal of the old bridge.
• I do not support a new Queens Park Bridge.
The survey was responded to by a total of 405 constituents, 105 of whom also left a comment to ensure the Member heard their concerns.
The results were:
• 66.66% supported a new two lane Queens Park Bridge for road traffic while at the same time retaining the existing bridge for pedestrians, cyclists and heritage value.
• 17.04% supported the retention of the old bridge and it being signalized to improve traffic flow.
• 6.66% supported a new Queens Park Bridge and the removal of the old bridge.
• 9.63% did not support a new Queens Park Bridge.
The results showed that of those who want a new bridge, 91% want the old bridge to remain as well, and of those who do not want a new bridge, 64% want the old one signalized.
Overwhelmingly, respondents, who were primarily from the Highton and nearby local areas, supported the construction of a new Queens Park Bridge, while retaining the existing single-lane bridge.
Bev McArthur has forwarded the results to the Geelong City Council and hopes this is a guide in future planning deliberations regarding the bridge.
Bev McArthur appreciates the efforts of those who participated in the survey, and will be sure to represent the views expressed when further planning eventuates.
17 April 2019