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Transport in spotlight for booming city

TALKING TRANSPORT: Cr Cheryl Bromage, Rail Back on Track representative Robert Dow and Troy Dobinson from 24/7 Cycling Safety Fund at Springfield Central Station.
TALKING TRANSPORT: Cr Cheryl Bromage, Rail Back on Track representative Robert Dow and Troy Dobinson from 24/7 Cycling Safety Fund at Springfield Central Station. Claudia Baxter

IPSWICH City Council is calling on the local community to help shape the city's future transport system.

The region's transport network including roads, pedestrian and cyclist facilities, public transport, freight movements and car parking will be put under the spotlight through an integrated transport plan for the city.

Called iGO, the plan will provide a long-term blueprint for transport policy and investment across Ipswich.

But before anything goes ahead, the council is looking to the community for input into the vital plan.

City Infrastructure Committee chairwoman Cr Cheryl Bromage said the project was all about "creating a vision for where we want to see the city by 2031".

Challenges to meet include the rapid growth of the city, high car dependency, improving accessibility, public transport needs and increased freight movements.

"These are all factors which will need to be considered when planning the city's future transport," Cr Bromage said.

With Ipswich's growing population, it is predicted the number of daily transport trips made by residents will triple from 500,000 in 2006, to 1,500,000 in 2031.

"These figures highlight the difficulty road authorities will face when trying to provide adequate transport infrastructure to support the forecast population and economic growth," she said.

Part of the plan will also focus on travel behaviour and choice of transport.

"We will be looking at ways to encourage people to use more sustainable modes of transport such as walking, cycling and public transport," she said.

Rail Back on Track spokesman Robert Dow said iGO would be critical for the future of Ipswich and applauded the ICC for taking steps to ensure the transport requirements of the region were considered for the future.

"There is great potential in the Ipswich area to get people out of cars and get them on bicycles, walking and onto public transport," he said.

The 24//7 Cycling Safety Fund founder Troy Dobinson said he would like to see a network of cycle routes to bring the community together and promote safe riding.

Both he and Mr Dow encouraged all residents to take part in the feedback process for iGO.

To provide feedback visit ipswich.qld.gov.au or phone 3810 6666.

Topics:  24/7 cycling safety fund cheryl bromage rail back on track robert dow



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