27 Aug 2019

Ipswich Motorway tipped to become Brisbane's worst road

The cost of road congestion in south-east Queensland is set to triple to $6 billion in lost productivity in the next 12 years, with motorists travelling to and from Brisbane's south-west suburbs tipped to be the worst-affected.

An Infrastructure Australia audit has found an unexpected lift in Australia's population, concentrated in the major cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, was straining everything from crowding on buses to the supply of schools on the urban fringe.

Infrastructure Australia chief executive Romilly Madew said Australia's infrastructure needs were rapidly increasing, with the economy becoming more urbanised.

"This infrastructure boom that we are in is the new normal," she said. "If we don't continue this investment, the costs of congestion will double."

Infrastructure Australia's report, Urban Transport Crowding and Congestion, notes there will be a "noticeable shift" in the location of congestion in Brisbane.

"In 2016, Brisbane's inner-eastern roads were some of its most congested," the report notes.

"However, by 2031 Brisbane’s most congested roads will be those linking the city centre with growth areas to the south-west.

"Aside from this shift, north-south corridors such as the Pacific and Bruce highways, as well as the Ipswich Motorway, will continue to be some of the most congested roads in the city."

Infrastructure Australia predicts the most congested road in Brisbane by 2031 will be the Ipswich Motorway inbound to Indooroopilly via the Centenary Highway, with motorists set for a 26-minute morning delay on their way into the city. They will fare slightly better on the afternoon commute, where they will face 20-minute delays.

The annual cost of all the congestion across Brisbane, the Gold and Sunshine coasts would almost triple, from $2.1 billion now to $6 billion in 2031.

 

BRISBANE FUTURE GRIDLOCK
Peak, 2031

 

Rank

Corridor

Length (km)

% trip due to congestion

Delay in mins

9

Moggill Road to Inner City Bypass via Coronation Drive (N/B)

5

65%

12

8

M1 to Inner City Bypass via Gympie Road / Lutwyche Road (S/B)

13

65%

12

4

Loganholme to Mount Gravatt via Pacific Motorway (N/B)

17

70%

23

7

Ipswich to Goodna via Brisbane Road / Ipswich Motorway (E/B)

15

68%

28

10

Ipswich Motorway to Indooroopilly via Oxley Road (N/B)

8

65%

18

1

Ipswich Motorway to Indooroopilly via Centenary Highway (N/B)

10

76%

26

2

Helensvale to Beenleigh via Pacific Motorway (N/B)

26

73%

37

6

Goodna to Mount Gravatt via Ipswich Motorway / Kessels Road (E/B)

19

68%

34

3

Beenleigh to city via Pacific Motorway (N/B)

35

71%

53

5

Beaudesert to North Logan via Mount Lindesay Highway (N/B)

47

68%

73

Without additional investment, Infrastructure Australia forecasts the cost of lost productivity would double to $39.6 billion by 2031, but notes such an outcome was "unlikely to emerge" as it did not take potential new infrastructure into account.

The Reserve Bank of Australia has urged all governments to lift their infrastructure spending to help support the economy while also helping to make our cities more efficient for their residents.

Ms Madew said the Morrison government should re-examine 103 projects sitting on the regulator's priority list, describing them as "ready to go".

"The infrastructure priority list is a pipeline," she said.

"Funding could be used to drive what the RBA governor has been saying as part of an investment in infrastructure stimulus."

Outside of better private and public transport, Infrastructure Australia said there were a range of challenges facing much of the nation.

Technological change, such as self-driving semi-trailers, would help Australia deal with some of the problems but they in turn were creating new ones.

The advent of online shopping meant there would be an increase in the number of small trucks delivering goods in residential streets that were not built to take such vehicles.

Many state governments used demountable classrooms to deal with surging student populations but these were not adequate to meet with expected demand, nor conducive to good learning.

"Without changes to the way demand is evaluated and new capacity provided, schools in fast-growing cities will be unable to meet growing demand, risking reduced quality of education outcomes," Infrastructure Australia found.

Policy failures in energy, particularly around electricity and gas, had pushed up the cost of living for many households, with a risk of this being repeated in the supply of water unless changes were soon implemented. It noted that Australia was unlikely to reach its Paris greenhouse gas reduction goals.

SOURCE ; https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/ipswich-motorway-tipped-to-become-brisbane-s-worst-road-20190812-p52ged.html

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