03 Sep 2019

Queensland’s Average speeds are slowing: RACQ

Data released by the department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) and analysed by motoring lobby group RACQ showed that in June 2019, Sandgate Road at Clayfield was Brisbane's slowest spot during the morning commute, at 15 kph.

On the Centenary Motorway approaching the Toowong roundabout in the city's west, the average speed dropped to 24 kph between 6:00am and 9:00am.

Research conducted by the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) confirmed the trend, showing that average speeds in Brisbane dropped by 3.7 per cent between 2013 and 2018.

RACQ Head of Public Policy, Rebecca Michael, said average speeds were slower on most major motorways, compared to the same time last year.

"No-one wants to sit in traffic, it's extremely frustrating," Dr Michael said.

"Those daily commutes are taking much longer, with travel speeds during those times well below the posted speed limit.

"Travel speeds outside of those peak periods are also dropping.

"So congestion is no longer just an issue for commuters, it is impacting people all the way across the city at all times of the day."

Dr Michael said the data showed traffic delays were a worsening problem on the Gold and Sunshine coasts too.

The slowest spot on the Gold Coast in June was High Street at Southport, with morning speeds averaging 15 kph.

On the Sunshine Coast, morning traffic on Aerodrome Road at Maroochydore travelled at an average of 16 kph.

"Where people travel in and around those really popular areas, not only to live but also to visit, we see that congestion is worsening there as well."

Dr Michael said congestion was having an impact on the economy, with increased freight costs being passed on to consumers.

She said governments needed to plan better for future growth.

"It takes much longer to build a road than it does take to build a house so we find that infrastructure is playing catch up.

"At the end of the day you have to match population growth, and that comes at a cost."


Top 5 slowest spots in Brisbane (Inbound 6:00am to 9:00am) (June 2019)

Sandgate Road (Junction Rd to East-West Arterial)

15 kph

Western Arterial Road (Jubilee Terrace) (Elimatta Dr to Simpsons Rd)

20 kph

South Pine Road (Stafford Rd to Samford Rd)

21 kph

South Pine Road (Kremzow Rd to Old Northern Rd)

23 kph

Junction Road (Sandgate Road to Kedron Park Road)

24 kph

Top 5 slowest motorway sections (Inbound 6:00am to 9:00am) (June 2019)

Centenary Motorway (1.5km South of Toowong roundabout to Miskin St)

24 kph

Centenary Motorway (Dandenong Rd to Seventeen Mile Rocks Rd)

28 kph

Ipswich Motorway (Harcourt Road to Oxley Road)

28 kph

Pacific Motorway (O'Keefe St to Hawthorne Rd)

30 kph

Centenary Motorway (Sumners Rd to Dandenong Rd)

32 kph

Top 5 slowest spots on the Gold Coast (Weekdays 6:00am to 9:00am) (June 2019)

High Street (North St to Queen St)

16 kph

Gold Coast Highway (TE Peters Dr to Hooker Bvd)

19 kph

Thomas Drive (Bundall Rd to Elkhorn Ave)

19 kph

Thomas Drive (Elkhorn Ave to Bundall Rd)

19 kph

Southport Nerang Road (Ferry Rd to Gold Coast Hwy)

20 kph

Top 5 slowest spots on the Sunshine Coast (Weekdays 6:00am to 9:00am) (June 2019)

Morayfield Road (North of Uhlmann road to Torrens Road)

15 kph

Aerodrome Road to Alexandra Parade

16 kph

Anzac Ave (Oxley Ave to Elizabeth Ave)

23 kph

Caloundra Road (Bulcock St to Baldwin St)

23 kph

Maroochydore Route (Walan St to Buderim Ave)

23 kph

SOURCE : https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-20/queensland-traffic-congestion-crisis/11338212

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