The Courier-Mail

It does not commute

Traffic snarls add six hours per year

- MATTHEW KILLORAN

THE daily commute is taking longer than ever with motorists stuck behind the wheel for an extra six hours a year – or almost 10 minutes a week.

A further 22,000 cars are packing on to the city’s congested roads as the average speed for the drive to work slows to just 27km/h.

The biggest traffic snarls have also been revealed in a Brisbane City Council report released yesterday.

Stanley St, Coronation Drive and Milton Rd remain the city’s most congested, in a study covering the first half of this year, January to June.

On an average Brisbane commute of 15.7km, based on State Government data, the extra driving time adds up to more than 7.8 minutes a week, or 6.2 hours a year.

Early indication­s show Milton Rd is doing better than expected since the opening of Legacy Way – which came after the study was completed – with 8000 fewer cars a day.

Coronation Drive is yet to feel the predicted benefits with only 800 vehicles diverting from it since the tunnel opened.

The Inner City Bypass had the most free-flowing traffic, with motorists travelling at 59km/h in both the morning and evening peaks.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said where the city had built new infrastruc­ture, such as Legacy Way, it was seeing improvemen­t in congestion.

Labor’s Lord Mayoral candidate Rod Harding said the findings were disappoint­ing.

“The Quirk administra­tion has spent billions of dollars on toll tunnels but still we see traffic volumes increasing,” he said.

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