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Gold CityGlider could link Woolloongabba to Hamilton, but Greens adviser says journey is too long

Brisbane commuters could soon take a new high-frequency bus service between Woolloongabba in the south and Hamilton in the north, but a local councilor has said the proposed route is a missed opportunity.

Last year, the LNP administration at Brisbane City Council set aside $94,000 to develop a business case for the proposed Gold CityGlider, now submitted to the state government’s transport department.

If approved, the new high-frequency bus route will join popular Blue and Maroon CityGliders offering 10-15 minute weekday and weekend services across the CBD and inner suburbs.

“Over the past 12 months, Northshore Hamilton has been confirmed as the primary Athletes’ Village for the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Gabba as the primary stadium,” said Mayor Adrian Schrinner.

The Gold CityGlider would run every 10 minutes during weekday peaks, traveling from Woolloongabba to the Queensland Cultural Center in South Brisbane, through the CBD to Fortitude Valley and along Kingsford Smith Drive terminating in Hamilton.

Gold CityGlider’s planned route would pass through Woolloongabba, the CBD and Fortitude Valley to Hamilton.(Provided)

Not enough direct routes

But Greens Gabba ward councilor Jonathan Sri, who has been pushing for a new CityGlider linking Woolloongabba with northern suburbs, said the new road was a missed opportunity to connect “high-growth watersheds” like Kangaroo Point and growing suburbs like Annerley.

Mr Sri had previously proposed a CityGlider which would run from Ipswich Road in Annerley to Woolloongabba, Kangaroo Point, Fortitude Valley, Newstead and Hamilton.

He said the proposed route, while linking Woolloongabba to Hamilton, duplicated existing services and missed the opportunity for a direct route over the Story Bridge.

“Not only is this less convenient for commuters, it makes the network more vulnerable to disruption as many services pass through the same congested bottlenecks.”

Olympic forecast

The council is planning a new $350million bus station at Woolloongabba as part of the $1.7billion Brisbane Metro, focusing on the population boom expected with the 2032 Olympics.

Transport spokesman Ryan Murphy said the business case submitted to TransLink also identified the Gold CityGlider as a potential “valuable distribution service” for Cross River Rail Station at Albert Street in the CBD.

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