Brisbane road network on the move, as speeds improve

The commute in Brisbane is quicker than a year ago, despite more vehicles on major roads, as revealed in Brisbane City Council’s latest Key Corridor Performance Report.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the data which was taken from road usage in January to June 2016, showed a steady improvement on previous results with roads travelling more than four per cent faster than during the same period in 2015.

“Despite more motorists on the road, Brisbane drivers are getting to their destination faster and spending less time sitting in congestion,” Cr Quirk said.

“More than 30,300 additional vehicles are travelling along key arterial roads every single day, however, these results show the network has not slowed down to accommodate them, which highlights the importance and success of Council’s investment in congestion reduction projects.

“Morning traffic on Council’s 18 key corridors experienced a 4.3 percent increase in speed, while afternoon traffic was travelling 4.1 per cent faster and overall speed during peak hour was 32km per hour.

“These results are in spite of more than 2,230 significant traffic incidents across all key corridors networks, which lead to localised congestion on the road network.”

Cr Quirk said that both Milton Road and Moggill Road had seen a significant drop in road users from a year ago, reflecting the re-routing of many commuters through the Legacy Way tunnel.

“Milton Road saw an eight percent reduction in traffic volumes when compared with last year and Moggill Road saw a six per cent drop in vehicles, he said.

“Additionally, Coronation Drive experienced a nine percent improvement in speeds during the morning peak period from last year, which can also be attributed to the opening of Legacy Way.”

Cr Quirk said that Kingsford Smith Drive was the city’s worst performer, with traffic slowing by five kilometres per hour in the mornings, compared with last year.

“Vehicle numbers continue to steadily increase on Kingsford Smith Drive with close to 63,000 vehicles using this arterial link each day, which is even higher volumes than before the opening of Airport Link in 2012,” he said.

“These results further demonstrate the need to continue with Council’s $650 million upgrade to Kingsford Smith Drive.

“The widening of Kingsford Smith Drive to six lanes is progressing well and with the start of marine works last week, the project remains on track for a 2019 completion.”

“Kingsford Smith Drive is just one of 90 projects totalling $1.3 billion that Council will be investing into the Brisbane road network over the coming four years as part of its plan for real action on traffic congestion.”

For more information on Council’s projects attacking congestion, visit or call Council on 07 3403 8888.