Just as the original Toowoomba Bypass radically changed the nature of transport for the east-west axis of Toowoomba, a north-south bypass, on the western side of town, would make a huge impact on the local region.
A Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) spokesperson confirmed TMR is undertaking a planning project to protect a future state transport corridor west of Toowoomba.
“TMR is committed to planning for future transport needs and is protecting corridors for future infrastructure investment to support the growth of Queensland,” the spokesperson said.
“The need for transport infrastructure in this corridor may not be realised for many years and funding for future infrastructure investment will be considered against other competing priorities.
“Planning to date has carefully considered the impact on the current and emerging horticulture industry between Clifton and Toowoomba and the need for better freight transport for agricultural products between the Southern Downs, Toowoomba and Port of Brisbane.”
“A wide range of stakeholders, from elected members, government officers, industry groups, interest groups and local communities, have been consulted, with that feedback informing the planning for the proposed transport corridor.” The spokesperson said this proposed transport corridor, including a map, will be available on the TMR website as part of wider community engagement for the project during 2023.
“TMR has yet to release maps of the proposed corridor.
“Engagement is ongoing and the feedback we receive will be considered as part of our planning for the final corridor.” Although the route is not confirmed, a new bypass would likely pass Westbrook and Vale View and would reduce traffic, especially from heavy vehicles, travelling on the New England Highway in Toowoomba and in Top Camp and Hodgson Vale.
This article appeared in On Our Selection News, 22 June 2023.