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First left turn on red sites announced for 14/15 rollout

30 October, 2014

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is today announcing the first 10 sites in the 2014/15 expansion of the Left Turn on Red project, which permits motorists to turn left on a red light after stopping at select sites across Brisbane.

The Lord Mayor said the expansion of left turn on red sites followed a successful trial period of the initiative at five locations between November 2013 and March this year, which showed an average reduction in delays of up to 30 seconds at trial locations.

“As a part of the trial assessment, Council conducted customer feedback which found 95 per cent of residents surveyed understood how the initiative worked and 85 per cent were supportive of additional sites being installed,” Cr Quirk said.

“These sites are selected after careful assessment against the Australian Standard requirements, which include parameters for sight distance, pedestrian safety and intersection configuration.

“The introduction of left turn on red hasn’t come at the cost of road safety and to date the Queensland Police Service has not reported any incidents due to the introduction of this facility.

“Several traffic surveys were undertaken throughout the trial to capture driver behaviour and the effect on other road users, with the assessment finding the number of vehicles turning left on red increased as awareness increased.”

Cr Quirk was joined by Infrastructure Chairman Councillor Adrian Schrinner to announce the first 10 sites that have received a left turn on red facility, taking the total to 15 sites, including:
• Finsbury Street into Newmarket Road, Newmarket;
• Edmondstone Road into Breakfast Creek Road, Newstead;
• Constitution Road into Lutwyche Road, Windsor;
• Wolverhampton Street into Webster Road, Stafford;
• Glenealy Street into Bracken Ridge Road, Bracken Ridge;
• McDonald’s access road into New Cleveland Road, Tingalpa;
• Bell Street (eastern leg) into Main Street, Kangaroo Point;
• Yeronga Street into Fairfield Road, Yeronga;
• Durack Street into Ipswich Road, Moorooka; and
• Mira Street into Poinsettia Street, Inala.

Cr Quirk said in addition to the left turn on red rollout, Council had committed $5.8 million to continue to undertake a number of congestion reduction projects in 2014-15.

“The projects vary from reconfiguring lanes to line marking alterations, and while these are relatively minor upgrades they have significant flow on effects for the road network in terms of reducing queuing in turning lanes, increasing traffic capacity and improving travel times,” he said.

“It’s about delivering innovative, relatively low cost ways to achieve travel time savings for motorists. Even small changes have beneficial flow-on effects and these projects all play a part in achieving our vision of Brisbane as an accessible, connected city.” [Ends] OCTOBER 28, 2014

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