Lord Mayor Graham Quirk today released the city’s latest major traffic report showing that since the opening of Legacy Way has there has been a 16 per cent reduction in traffic along Milton Road.
Cr Quirk said there was now 8,500 less vehicles travelling on Milton Road which was delivering travel time savings of more than 30 per cent in the afternoon peak and a 21 per cent reduction in the morning peak.
“Legacy Way is already delivering travel time savings to surface roads with motorists using Milton Road shaving 30 seconds per kilometre off their morning commute, while those in the afternoon peak are wiping 45 seconds per kilometre off their end of day journey,” he said.
“It’s early days and those initial figures are based on a three week period of operation, but the good news is that while motorists using the tunnel are experiencing significant travel time savings as planned, those on the surface roads are also experiencing good reductions in their travel times.
“With Milton Road continually listed within the top five busiest corridors for Brisbane, this is a good outcome and one we expect will continue to deliver benefits for motorists.”
Data from July showed tunnel users experienced time savings of up to 71% between the Western Freeway to the Inner City Bypass (ICB) in the AM peak, meaning a trip that took more than 26 minutes prior to the tunnels opening, now takes just over seven minutes.
Cr Quirk said the report showed the TransApex network was delivering benefits to users and their respective alternate surface journeys, with the Clem Jones Tunnel, Go Between Bridge and Airport Link all delivering consistent and reliable time savings for commuters.
“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,” he said.
“Clem 7, Airport Link and Go Between Bridge have removed almost 100,000 vehicle movements per day from surface roads and that will rise further with the opening of Legacy Way.”
The Key Corridors Performance Report details a 3.2 per cent increase in traffic volumes with an extra 22,730 vehicles on Council’s 18 main transport corridors in the past year with some major travel time improvements along a number of corridors.
Cr Quirk said the January to June 2015 report revealed travel times on Brisbane’s road network had remained steady prior to the opening of Legacy Way at the end of June.
“We may have delivered TransApex but we can’t rest on our laurels, which is why we’ve begun a competitive tender process for the Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade and have released a concept plan for stage 1 of the Wynnum Road corridor upgrade,” he said.
“On top of this we are continuing to invest in smaller congestion busting projects, with 13 initiatives completed in the first six months of this year.”
NB: Travel times per kilometre for Milton Road post opening of Legacy Way:
Morning peak 2:25 min:sec (pre-opening) v 1:54 min:sec (post opening), change of 21.4pc
Afternoon peak 2:40 min:sec (pre-opening) v 1:49 min:sec (post opening), change of 31.9pc.