A suggestion of a monorail – or alternatively a tram network – has added to the debate surrounding the Rose City's CBD parking problems.
A suggestion of a monorail – or alternatively a tram network – has added to the debate surrounding the Rose City's CBD parking problems.

Monorail to de-rail Rose City parking woes?

THEY have been built in Springfield, Brockway, Ogdenvill and North Haverbrook and if one man got his way there could be a genuine, bona-fide, electrified, six-car monorail transporting you between Rose City Shoppingworld and the industrial estate.

That is if Warwick resident Dick Howard's out-of-the-box suggestion to increase the number of car parks in the CBD is taken into consideration by the Southern Downs Regional councillors during today's committee meeting.

Mr Howard was responding via our website to the story regarding car park occupancy levels and the council's plans to introduce multi-level car parking and parking meters in the future.

"Parking meters really are ugly, so a council so concerned with aesthetic appeal, at other peoples' expense, of course, would surely consider the visual disadvantage of parking meters," Mr Howard wrote.

"Then there is the claim that it costs more to own and operate the parking meters than the revenue that they collect - another backward step.

"Has there been any consideration given to a light rail/tramline/monorail system to permit parking further from the CBD?

"The cost prior to intensive development may not be as great as that of a short-lived multi-level car park, which would be yet another ugly object.

"At least trams have some appeal."

However unlike Mayor Quimby of The Simpsons fame, it will take more than a catchy song and a piano playing salesman to convince Mayor Peter Blundell a monorail is the greatest idea for the town.

"I think a monorail is more suited to places like the Gold Coast," Cr Blundell said.

"To link the casino and the multi-storey retail outlets.

"So we couldn't do it as we don't have a casino.

"In all seriousness the cost of the infrastructure is not productive in a CBD of this region."



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