The Road Ahead : October 2010
MEMBER ESSENTIALS SPECIAL REPORT RACQ's 2010 TRAVEL Times Survey reveals that most trips outbound from the CBD were markedly slower compared to the last survey in 2007. And although inbound trips indicated a general improvement, most recorded low average speeds and still showed signs of significant congestion. The survey, which has been conducted every three or four years since 1993, focused on the peak hour (7-9 am and 4-6 pm) slogs through traffic along Gympie, Logan, Old Cleveland, Sandgate, Beaudesert and Samford roads. Also included were the Centenary Highway, Pacific Motorway and Moggill, Waterworks, Old Northern and Wynnum roads. As in 2007, other busy arterial roads came under the microscope: Kingsford Smith Drive, Gateway Motorway, Kessels Road corridor and the Ipswich Motorway, with Metroad 5 from Toowong to Everton Park being added to the 2010 survey. Compared with 2007, average travel times for outbound trips ranged from 7 minutes 18 seconds less time on the Pacific Motorway to 8 minutes 49 seconds longer on Sandgate Road. This resulted in a slowing down overall, with just four out of 12 outbound routes recording shorter times. On average, outbound trips took 48 seconds longer than in 2007, but 8 minutes 3 seconds more than in 1993. RACQ senior traffic and safety engineer Greg Miszkowycz, who conducted the survey, said of the four major arterials of Gympie, Logan and Old Cleveland roads and the Centenary Highway, motorists were on average spending more than 78 minutes for a round trip getting into and out of the city in 2010, which is similar to 2007 results but an additional 7 minutes 21 seconds longer than in 2004. Moggill Road and Old Northern Road recorded the slowest inbound average speeds (19.3 and 18.7 km/h respectively), while Sandgate Road had the slowest outbound speed of all the routes surveyed at 18.4 km/h. Moggill Road inbound between Marshall Lane and Burbong Street proved to be extremely congested. This 1.53 km section took an average of 13 minutes slow going If you thought your weekday commute through Brisbane wasn't getting any easier, then you're not alone. STORY BARRY GREEN WWW.ROADAHEAD.COM.AU 66 THE ROAD AHEAD OCT/NOV 2010 and 2 seconds to negotiate at an average speed of only 7 km/h. The 4 km section of Old Northern Road/South Pine Road inbound from Dargie Street to Samford Road recorded an average speed of 12.8 km/h, taking nearly 19 minutes to traverse. Metroad 5 also recorded average speeds as low as 19.3 km/h (southbound AM), highlighting the problems associated with an incomplete ring road (western bypass) around Brisbane city. Mr Miszkowycz said that the recently opened Clem7Tunnel had provided mixed results on surface roads directly above the tunnel and in the vicinity of the tunnel entry and exit portals. Of particular interest, the section of Bowen Bridge Road outbound in the afternoon peak from Gregory Terrace to the Clem7 exit took more than double the time compared with 2007. Wednesday was found to be the worst day for inbound peak-hour commuters, while Thursday proved the worst outbound. For complete details of the Travel Times Survey, visit www.racq.com.