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Posted on 03/02/2010


Photo taken on February 28, 2010


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Money Making Machine

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The local council commissioned a private company to bore 2 holes under the Brisbane River and allow traffic to pass through for a price. this is called a tollway :-)

They have gone all arty farty at the entrances, and this is a closeup of part of the ceiling at the entrance to the tunnel. The public was allowed to make a once only opportunity to wander through the tunnel on foot prior to the opening to traffic in a few weeks time.

This may well be the only time in my lifetime that I enter the tunnel.

I spotted this particular device hanging over each lane anf guessed it goes ker-ching each time a vehicle with a toll transponder passes under it. Not a bad little money earner.

A news item from September 2009 says

BRISBANE'S soon-to-be-completed road tunnel under the river is shaping up as a $3 billion white elephant, with motorists declaring they won't use the tollway.

Three-quarters of respondents to The Sunday Mail's Queensland Speaks survey said they would refuse to pay the $4.20 toll to use the Clem7 when it opens early next year.

The 6.8km link between Bowen Hills and Woolloongaba is expected to shave a third of the time off cross-city travel but only 16 per cent of people said they would use it.

The Clem7 toll – $4.20 for cars and up to $11.12 for heavy vehicles – is set to trigger a commuter revolt.

This would be a major blow to Lord Mayor Campbell Newman, who has built his political career on the TransApex strategy of new roads and tunnels to solve Brisbane's escalating traffic congestion. The Clem7 tunnel is the first link in the chain – and one of the most expensive.

Considering a tunnel in Sydney went bankrupt just last month due to public revolt, it will be interesting to see how this goes.

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