If it feels like your morning commute is a crawl, here’s some interesting news — peak hour traffic is actually getting faster in Brisbane.
According to Brisbane City Council’s Greater Brisbane Key Corridors Performance Report, released this morning, the average speeds on Brisbane’s roads have increased by about 4 per cent from the same period in 2015.
That’s despite the fact that there are more 30,300 more vehicles on the road than there were last year.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has hailed the results as proof that Council’s traffic infrastructure program is working.
“Despite more motorists on the road, Brisbane drivers are getting to their destination faster and spending less time sitting in congestion,” Cr Quirk said.
“More than 30,300 additional vehicles are travelling along key arterial roads every single day, however, these results show the network has not slowed down to accommodate them, which highlights the importance and success of Council’s investment in congestion reduction projects.”
In particular, Cr Quirk singled out the Legacy Way tunnel for its positive impact on western corridor roads, despite the toll rising to $4.94 per car.
“Milton Road saw an 8 per cent reduction in traffic volumes when compared with last year and Moggill Road saw a 6 per cent drop in vehicles,” he said.
“Additionally, Coronation Drive experienced a 9 per cent improvement in speeds during the morning peak period from last year, which can also be attributed to the opening of Legacy Way.”
The report claims that average peak-hour speeds across 18 key corridors have reached 39 km/h, which is a 4 per cent improvement on last year. Morning traffic on those corridors has increased by 4.3 per cent in speed to 39.1 km/h, and afternoon traffic has increased by 4.1 per cent to 39.7 km/h.
Cr Quirk noted that these results came in spite of more than 2,230 significant traffic incidents, which lead to localised congestion.
But the good news will come as cold comfort to commuters stuck on Stanley Street, which averages speeds of 17.2 km/h in the morning, making it Brisbane’s slowest road during the morning peak.
Coronation Drive comes in a close second, at 19.94 km/h in the morning (which is, nonetheless, a 9 per cent increase on last year).
Though it still isn’t quite as slow-going as Stanley Street or Coro Drive, speeds on Kelvin Grove Road have experienced a dramatic drop in the last 12 months, dropping about 12 per cent to just under 23 km/h during the morning commute.
Going home, Gympie Road is the slowest way to go, with average speeds of 20.11 km/h during the afternoon peak.
Cr Quirk also noted that traffic along Kingsford Smith Drive, a frequent bugbear for the Council, had slowed by 5 km/h during the morning peak, and took the opportunity to promote his planned $650 million upgrade to the arterial, which will include widening it to six lanes. Cr Quirk said the upgrade is on track to be completed by 2019.
Do you feel like your commute is getting quicker, or is it slowing to a crawl? Have your say in the comments below!