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Kelvin Grove Road traffic efficiency boosted

26 September, 2014

Council will be improving traffic flow for northside motorists with the conversion of T3 lanes along Kelvin Grove Road to T2 lanes.

Infrastructure Chairman Cr Adrian Schrinner said Council traffic investigations had revealed that the T3 transit lanes on Kelvin Grove were being under-utilised and causing unnecessary congestion.

“Results from Council’s Bluetooth traffic data have revealed that during peak hours 45 per cent less traffic in the inbound T3 lane of Kelvin Grove Road and 69 per cent less traffic in the outbound T3 lane, than in the adjacent general lanes,” Cr Schrinner said.

“There is a high level of non-compliance in these T3 lanes, more than nine in 10 vehicles using the lanes during peak periods are carrying less than three people.

“By increasing the capacity of these transit lanes, there will be less demand on adjacent lanes and traffic flow and providing for more efficient and safe movement along this busy arterial road.”

An average of 30 buses an hour use the inbound T3 lane on Kelvin Grove Road, with 26 buses per hour travelling outbound in the evening peak period.

Cr Schrinner said Council’s investigations considered the impact converting the T3 lanes would have on public transport.

“These lanes will continue to be classified as transit lanes, with a T2 restriction, to ensure there is minimal impact on the speed and reliability of Council’s bus operations,” he said.

Cr Schrinner said works are proposed to begin in October and will impact lanes inbound from Windsor Road to Blamey Street (operational 7-9am weekdays) and outbound between Musk Avenue and Windsor Road (operational 4-7pm weekdays).

“The project will only take a matter of days to deliver and costs will be minimal, with the only necessary works involving signage and line marking removal.

“However the benefits will be significant, with motorists enjoying faster travel, reduced congestion and a safer commute along Kelvin Grove Road as part of Council’s commitment to making Brisbane an accessible and connected city.”

For more information about transit lanes, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or phone (07) 3403 8888.

[Ends] SEPTEMBER 26, 2014

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