The Road Ahead : June July 2012
QUEENSLAND'S LARGEST CLUB 55 JUN/JUL 2012 THE ROAD AHEAD AIRPORTLINK MOTORING gathered data across a range of times, including morning and afternoon peak periods over five days. Airportlink is also forecast to reduce traffic on Lutwyche Road by up to 45 percent, and remove through traffic from suburban roads in Clayfield, Wooloowin and Kedron. Those statistics aside, that using Airportlink eliminates up to 18 sets of traffic lights should be welcome news to commuters. "Congestion not only hurts a growing economy, but impacts negatively on lifestyles by keeping residents from the things they love such as home, family and recreational pursuits," Dr Wilson RACQ'S VIEW: Airportlink is certainly a valuable asset for Brisbane and will relieve congestion on many streets in the inner north east of the city. The congestion hotspots of Kingsford Smith Drive and Lutwyche Road will be among the major beneficiaries. The road will improve the reliability and speed of airport connections from north, west and inner Brisbane. The airport roundabout upgrade has already fixed one of Brisbane's most congested intersections. We expect that many motorists will see value in using this road and be prepared to pay a toll, especially if Airportlink can provide incentives for regular users. However, RACQ is not a fan of tolls as motorists already pay 38 cents per litre in fuel excise that should come back into road funding. Experience shows that tolls also reduce the volume of traffic on the new road as many motorists choose the 'free,' but congested, alternative streets. The toll road focuses on financial benefits to owners, rather than economic benefits through congestion relief. If the tolls discourage too many motorists from using the road, financial returns can also be elusive. RACQ would like to see government reform the tolling and road funding arrangements for Brisbane in favour of a more equitable and efficient way to charge motorists for our desperately-needed road upgrades. More information on our public policies is available at www. racq.com/motoringmatters. said. "Airportlink will provide more 'me' time for commuters and improve productivity for business." Airportlink is a fully electronic, free- flow toll road. Following the user-pays system, tolls collected from drivers who use the road will go towards funding the original construction costs and to help maintain and improve the road. The cost of the toll will be applied depending on the start and finish point of the journey, and will range between $3.56 and $4.75 for cars. Different tolls will apply for light and heavy commercial vehicles. Brisconnections will also be exploring opportunities to recognise frequent and regular Airportlink customers through a range of pricing packages. "I'm confident Airportlink will underpin Brisbane's development as a fast-growing capital and in years to come will be widely accepted as an integral link in the city's road network and way of life," Dr Wilson said. FAST FACTS: • If a motorist has an existing tag or video account arrangement with another tolling company, they can use Airportlink. • More than three hectares of new parkland have been created as part of the project, which also includes the addition of approximately one million plants and new cycle paths and walkways. • BrisConnections has a 45-year concession from 2008 to build and operate Airportlink. • BrisConnections is also delivering the Northern Busway (Windsor to Kedron) and Airport Roundabout Upgrade projects, directly funded by the State. These projects will be handed back to the State upon completion and will not be tolled. • More than 4000 people have been employed on the projects and a total of 12,000 direct and indirect job opportunities have been created in the wider community.
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