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'Left Turn on Red' now available at 50 sites

11 June, 2015

‘Left Turn on Red’ now available at 50 sites

Motorists travelling through a busy Spring Hill intersection can now turn left on a red light, as part of Council’s crackdown on traffic congestion across the city.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said road users were now permitted to turn left from Fortescue Street onto Gregory Terrace during a red light, after stopping and giving way to other vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists.

“This Spring Hill intersection is one of 25 more locations that are being upgraded to allow road users to ‘Turn Left on Red’ this month,” Cr Quirk said.

“This brings the city’s total to 50, doubling the number of locations available for motorists to take advantage of across the city.

“In last year’s budget, I announced that up to 50 Left Turn on Red sites would be implemented in the 14/15 financial year.”

‘Left Turn on Red’ was first trialled by Council from November 2013 to April 2014, before being rolled out periodically to a total of 25 sites.

Cr Quirk said the existing ‘Turn Left on Red’ locations had produced positive results, with an average reduction in delays of up to 30 seconds for motorists at some spots.

“While that might not sound like a lot, it is reducing trip times significantly,” he said.

“Left Turn on Red provides a significant boost to congestion reduction, because it cuts down on queuing, and allows for more green light time to be allocated to major roads when vehicles are turning left from side streets.

“This program is one example of how we can make the most out of our existing road network by implementing relatively minor changes to achieve reductions in travel times.

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

“Council has invested $5.8 million in a range of congestion reduction minor works initiatives this financial year, and this project is yet another low-cost way of reducing congestion across the city.”

The new sites where ‘Left Turn on Red’ will be permitted are:
1. Kitchener Road (southern leg) into Lancaster Road, ASCOT
2. Timor Street into Klumpp Road, UPPER MOUNT GRAVATT
3. Persse Road into Compton Road, STRETTON
4. Muller Road (southern leg) into Beams Road, TAIGUM
5. Norman Street (southern leg) into Stanley Street East, EAST BRISBANE
6. Gotha Street into St Pauls Terrace, FORTITUDE VALLEY
7. Rickertt Rd into Green Camp Rd, WAKERLEY
8. Church Rd (southern leg) into Roghan Rd, TAIGUM
9. Container St into Wynnum Rd, TINGALPA
10. Telegraph Rd extension (near Langer Place) into Telegraph Rd, BRACKEN RIDGE
11. Newman Rd into Hamilton Rd, WAVELL HEIGHTS
12. Wynne St into Beenleigh Rd, SUNNYBANK
13. Wilgarning St into Webster Rd, STAFFORD
14. Rookwood St into Orange Grove Rd, COOPERS PLAINS
15. Archives Ave into Compton Rd, RUNCORN
16. Hillgrove St into Broadwater Rd, MT GRAVATT EAST
17. Fortescue St into Gregory Tce, SPRING HILL
18. Billabong St into Webster Rd, STAFFORD
19. Adams St into Board St, DEAGON
20. Teralba Park access road into Osborne Rd, MITCHELTON
21. Milburn St into Webster Rd, CHERMSIDE
22. Beaton St into Orange Grove Rd, COOPERS PLAINS
23. Jurgens St (southern leg) into Logan Rd, WOOLLONGABBA
24. Arise Blvd into Gardner Rd, ROCHEDALE
25. Manson Rd into Nudgee Rd, HENDRA
Left Turn on Red allows motorists to turn left at a red light after coming to a complete stop and giving way to other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists at the intersection. This is only permitted at intersections where the approach has ‘Left Turn on Red Permitted after Stopping’ signage installed. The usual road rules apply at all other intersections.

For more information on ‘Left Turn on Red’ visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.

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