The city will look to a culture shift away from private car use.
The city will look to a culture shift away from private car use. Nadine Shaw

iGo pushes for less cars

ROADS will be more congested, but people will be dialing in from home to work, using bikeways, footbridges, better public transport and nearby facilities as Ipswich reaches a population of 435,000 in the year 2031.

Ipswich City Council yesterday launched an extensive 170 page transport plan, iGO, detailing the way ahead for the city's transport network.

One of the key messages is that cars will continue to play an essential role in the city's transport needs but "we can not afford to build our way out of congestion".

The city would turn to a safe and reliable road network designed to handle disruptions, "but not necessarily efficient during times of peak demand".

Under the State Government's south-east Queensland Regional Plan, Ipswich's population would reach 435,000 in 2031, increasing daily trips by private car from 550,000 to 1.3 million.

City infrastructure Committee Chairwoman Cheryl Bromage said continuing to build six to eight lane roads to ease two hours of congestion during peak travel time was not sustainable.

To help change the "car culture", the report details how public transport would become more competitive with the car by:

 Extending the railway from Springfield Central to Redbank Plains;

 Establishing high frequency, limited stop bus services to Ipswich Central and Springfield Central; and

 Establishing commuter buses between Dinmore Station and Karalee/Chuwar/Karana Downs and Raceview/Flinders View;

 Investigating opportunities for light rail; and

 Restructuring public transport fare structures.

A big part of the plan is encouraging centres within the city where vital services would be closer, eleviating the need to travel to Brisbane or the CBD with a "10 minute neighbourhood" and a "20 minute city".

Cr Bromage said iGO ensured the city's transport system kept pace with increases in travel demand as population grows.

"The outcomes of iGO are improving travel mode choices, integrating transport and land use and promoting a culture shift through taking a demand management approach to car use, parking and road network performance," she said.

"iGO also supports the development and uptake of new transport related technology and embraces investment and community partnerships."

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said while private motoring would continue to fulfil an essential role in the way we all travel, every expanding city would reach a point where relying purely on the car was not the best choice to cater for growing travel demand.

"We simply cannot afford to build our way out of traffic congestion by continually adding more and more road space just for cars," Cr Pisasale said.

"The draft iGO is at ipswich.qld. Feedback closes December 4.

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