Bottlenecks drive call to decentralise
TRAVEL speeds on the state’s major highways have slightly improved, but bottlenecks worsened once the traffic reached inner-Brisbane suburbs.
While mostly an improvement, the findings from RACQ’s latest travel speed report reinforced calls to upgrade major transport routes to prepare for a predicted southeast Queensland population boom.
The August report shows morning commuting speeds along parts of the Centenary Motorway in the city’s far southwest increased compared to the same time last year.
Along one 1km section at Darra – the best result for the corridor – the average speed rose by 4km/h to 36km/h.
In total, four southwestern sections of the Centenary and Ipswich motorways recorded morning improvements. RACQ advocacy champion Paul Turner said Legacy Way would have taken some of the traffic off those routes.
However, once traffic reached Jindalee, on the city’s southern fringe, congestion worsened. And by the time morning motorists reached Toowong, speeds on the Centenary Motorway had slowed by 14km/h to reach 41km/h. Speeds continued dropping to as low as 21km/h the closer motorists got to the city.
With Ipswich’s population predicted to more than double to 520,000 by 2041, the southwestern arterial faces increasing pressure.
Ipswich Mayor Andrew Antoniolli said the Springfield train line extension, travelling through Ripley, needed to happen sooner rather than later.
The State Government has preserved land for the rail extension, which will be built in stages, but most of the con- struction will only occur after Cross River Rail’s planned delivery in 2024.
There were improvements on the Pacific Motorway. Motorists averaged up to 39km/h around Woolloongabba, which was still slow but a 5km/h improvement on last year.
The only area of the Pacific Motorway where traffic slowed was at Holland Park West, where it dropped 2km/h to reach 45km/h.
Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland advocacy champion Kate Whittle said the region needed to start decentralising employment to stop cars travelling to Brisbane’s CBD.