Victoria Bridge, Brisbane: Closure has taxi drivers preparing for abuse from ignorant passengers

victoria bridge brisbane closure has taxi drivers preparing for abuse from ignorant passengers

A big change is coming to a 50-year-old bridge in the centre of Brisbane. The city’s cabbies are bracing for a massive backlash.

Built in 1969, Victoria Bridge is the only direct connection between Brisbane’s CBD and Southbank entertainment and cultural precinct and suburbs beyond.

Camera IconVictoria Bridge becomes a busway from 8pm on Sunday, forcing motorists to drive north to William Jolly or exit the motorway to the south near the Gabba. Credit: NCA NewsWire, Google Maps

The bridge, which crosses the Brisbane River, closes at 8pm on Sunday to become an exclusive busway.

It will force all other vehicles to travel some 2km just to reach the opposite side of the bridge or a few extra kilometres for those heading southeast to up-market Highgate Hill and surrounding suburbs.

Brisbane City Council, which decided to close the bridge, estimates it will add up to 20 minutes travel time during peak hour for motorists wanting to cross the river and five minutes during non-peak periods.

Australia Taxi Industry Association CEO Blair Davies said cabbies were bracing themselves for “friction” with passengers, both local and from interstate, unaware of the closure.

“When governments and other entities start changing a roadway it causes friction,” a diplomatic Mr Davies told NCA NewsWire.

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