A dedicated off-road cyclist and pedestrian path is just one of many highlights of the new design unveiled recently for Brisbane’s Victoria Bridge.

The new bridge design is based on feedback from the community and accommodates the $944 million Brisbane Metro project while providing improved and safer facilities for cyclists and pedestrians.

According to lord mayor Graham Quirk, the new design for the Victoria Bridge will reconfigure the number of Metro and bus lanes from four to three, introducing a separate two-way cycleway on the upstream side of the bridge and cycle lanes on Melbourne Street.

The removal of general traffic from Victoria Bridge and its conversion into a ‘green’ bridge was always proposed as part of Brisbane Metro, he added.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk says construction of Brisbane Metro, which is fully funded, and has a $300 million investment from the federal government, will begin next year.

The Council is currently evaluating expressions of interest from five consortia to build the inner city infrastructure for the Metro before releasing a shortlist to commence the tender proposal phase later this year.

The contract will be finalised by the end of next year.

Deputy mayor Adrian Schrinner emphasised that community feedback from residents and businesses would be an essential part of the major transport project.

Brisbane Metro services are likely to commence in 2023.