Recently, I was pleased to launch a six month left turn on red trial at five select sites across Brisbane, which permits motorists to turn left on a red light after stopping.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk

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The red  trial is being conducted to measure what benefits left turn on red provides in terms of reducing congestion and determine whether the change should be implemented permanently.

It’s all about looking for simple ways to reduce congestion. These relatively minor changes can make a big difference in tackling congestion around the city.

The trial has been introduced as part of my ongoing commitment to ensure Brisbane is an accessible, connected city by delivering a range of congestion reduction measures.

The locations were selected after being assessed for safety against Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) guidelines, which include parameters for sight distance, pedestrian activity, cyclist activity and sufficient clearance for buses and trucks.

The selected locations are:

  • Left turn from Bowen Street into Lutwyche Road, Windsor;
  • Left turn from Maud Street into Breakfast Creek Road, Newstead;
  • Left turn from Hellawell Road into Gowan Road, Sunnybank Hills;
  • Left turn from Edge Street into Creek Road, Murrarie; and
  • Left turn from Spence Street into Broadwater Road, Mt Gravatt East.

There are numerous signs alerting road users of the changed conditions will be erected for the duration of the trial.

The results of the data collected during the trial will inform recommendations on the future implementation of left turn on red facilities at a range of other signalised intersections.

When using the trial sites, motorists must first stop and then give way to vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.

Pedestrians and cyclists should exercise caution at all times and be aware of turning vehicles.

I’ll be sure to let you know the outcome of this trial by the middle of next year.