Lord Mayor announces Legacy Way walk-through event

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has announced that Council will hold a community walking event through the Legacy Way Tunnel on Sunday 31 May, to celebrate its June opening to motorists.

Cr Quirk said the sneak-preview inside the award-winning Legacy Way tunnel would be a unique experience open to all Brisbane residents.

“The final stages of the commissioning process are currently underway with checks on the multitude of state-of-the-art safety systems inside the tunnel,” he said.

“We look forward to opening the tunnel to traffic in June, but before that, we want to give Brisbane residents a once-in-a-lifetime chance to view the tunnel in a different way.

“While not everyone may want to walk the entire 4.6km, varying length walks are available from 500m to the full 4.6km.

“The tunnel community fun day will also feature entertainment including a jumping castle, face painting and sausage sizzle.”

Cr Quirk said while the event was free to attend, registration was essential and free buses would be provided for the tunnel walk-through.

“Participants will be able to take a tour of the tunnel on Sunday 31 May from 9am to 3pm, but everyone must register for the event at www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/legacyway,” he said.

“It is important that people register and book a free bus service from one of the locations provided, as this is the only way to get to the event – people won’t be able to walk to the event.

Legacy Way is Brisbane City Council’s 4.6 kilometre road tunnel that will connect the Western Freeway at Toowong with the Inner City Bypass (ICB) at Kelvin Grove.

When completed, Legacy Way will provide an alternative route for traffic travelling between the Western Freeway and the ICB and will take just four minutes.

Once open this year, Legacy Way will almost halve peak hour travel times between the Western Freeway and the ICB.