Recently Council released its latest Key Corridor Report, providing an update on Brisbane’s busiest 18 roads and how they were faring in the daily commute.
Council is committed to investing in large and small road infrastructure, to reduce as much as possible the impacts of traffic congestion on our city.
The Key Corridor Report revealed that investment into key infrastructure over the past decade, as well as key congestion-busting projects in the suburbs, was paying dividends for drivers.
In fact, driver usage data since the opening of Legacy Way shows there has been a 16 per cent reduction in traffic along Milton Road with up to 30 per cent reductions in afternoon peak hour traveling times and 21 percent reductions in the mornings.
It’s certainly early days so far, but the good news is that while motorists using the tunnel are experiencing very significant travel time savings as planned, those on the surface roads are also experiencing good reductions in their travel times.
Data shows tunnel users are experiencing time savings of up to 71 per cent between the Western Freeway to the Inner City Bypass during the morning peak, meaning a trip that took more than 26 minutes prior to the tunnels opening, now takes just over seven minutes.
But it’s not just Legacy Way that is delivering important time savings, with the report showing the entire TransApex network was delivering benefits to users as well as surface roads. The Clem Jones Tunnel, Go Between Bridge and Airport Link are all delivering consistent and reliable time savings for commuters and removing 100,000 vehicles each day from the rest of the road network.
Over the past 10 years, $7 billion worth of major infrastructure has been built under the TransApex plan, and it’s easy to overlook how the city’s road network would operate had this infrastructure not been built.
Overall, while traffic volumes increased by 3.2 per cent compared with the same time last year, resulting in nearly 23,000 extra vehicles, there were some major travel time improvements along a number of corridors.
After delivering the major Legacy Way project a few months ago, our attention now turns to our next two major road upgrades – Kingsford Smith Drive and the Wynnum Road Corridor Stage 1 project – as well as the widening of the Inner City Bypass between Legacy Way and the RNA tunnel.
On top of this we are continuing to invest in smaller congestion reducing projects, with 13 initiatives completed in the first six months of this year and another 30 due to be complete before the end of June next year.