A crucial aspect of a major suburban road project is on the chopping block, Council’s Labor Opposition has revealed.

The Beams Road Project is said to ease congestion and plan for future growth of the area. Beams Road is an important link connecting Brisbane’s northside and carries approximately 19,000 vehicles each day.

Council documents in August revealed that Stage 1C, an upgrade to the intersection of Beams Road and Handford Road – a major traffic chokepoint – has been put on hold.

The overall cost of Council’s project has also blown out significantly, but the figures are kept secret by the Lord Mayor.

Labor Opposition Leader Councillor Jared Cassidy has criticised Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner and the LNP Council for their poor management of the project.

Labor candidate for Bracken Ridge Cath Palmer, Labor Lord Mayoral candidate Tracey Price and Opposition Leader Cr Jared Cassidy

“An entire stage of the Beams Road Project has been shelved entirely and the project is facing enormous cost blow outs” he said.

“The Beams Road project is a Council project, on a Council road with significant Federal funding confirmed and Adrian Schrinner still can’t build it.”

“The first thing Schrinner and the LNP cut when they are looking for savings to cover the Brisbane Metro blow outs are suburban projects. First it was bikeways, then community grants, now road projects.”

This also comes at the same time as Transurban’s new mobility trend report has labelled Brisbane as Australia’s most congested city.

Labor’s Lord Mayoral candidate Tracey Price said that there are serious concerns surrounding the cuts to the project.

“The people in the suburbs of Brisbane need these road projects funded, not cut” she said.

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