Hidden Potential of Chermside: Underground Tunnel to Spark Transformation


Chermside could soon undergo a significant transformation, with the proposed development of an underground tunnel that aims to alleviate traffic congestion, improve pedestrian access, and enhance urban connectivity.

The proposed tunnel would run beneath Gympie Road, a major thoroughfare that currently acts as a barrier between Westfield Chermside shopping centre and the surrounding areas. By diverting traffic underground, the project would free up valuable surface space for pedestrian-friendly zones, green spaces, and potentially even new residential and commercial developments.

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In a recent episode of 4BC Brisbane, journalist Peter Gleeson explored this ambitious project, highlighting its potential to unlock a wave of new opportunities for the community.

The Chermside underground tunnel project is not the first attempt to improve the area. Council has explored various options to enhance safety and access, including a proposed upgrade of the Hamilton Road and Staib Road intersection.

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However, this plan was contingent on funding from the Queensland Government and faced community opposition. An alternative interim option was also proposed but did not garner community support.

In late 2022, Council put forth a design to install traffic lights at the Hamilton Road and Western Avenue intersection, but this plan has been deferred following a review of Council’s infrastructure programme.

With the underground tunnel project still in the planning stages, everal details, including funding and timelines, are yet to be finalised. However, several ongoing discussions, including those spurred by the Gleeson podcast, have sparked a wider conversation about the future of Chermside and the potential for innovative infrastructure solutions to transform the suburb.

Published Date 27-May-2024