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Bus transport to be trialled in Legacy Way Tunnel

19 June, 2015

Brisbane City Council will explore the viability of directing a peak hour bus service from the Western Suburbs through Legacy Way when it opens to traffic this month.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Council would trial the Route 443 Moggill to the City via Legacy Way during morning peak times to determine the most convenient and reliable travel route for commuters.

“Passengers currently travelling from the western suburbs experience varying travel times during the busiest time of the day along Milton Drive or Coronation Drive,” Cr Quirk said.

“As part of Council’s balanced approach to tackling congestion across the city, Route 443 will be trialed using the Legacy Way tunnel for a period of three months, to determine the quickest and most reliable service.

“This won’t impact the current schedule or existing stops because the route already runs an express service from Chapel Hill to the city.

“Using Legacy Way, it will take just four minutes for motorists to get from the Western Freeway at Toowong to the ICB at Kelvin Grove.

“If using the Legacy Way tunnel proves to be more reliable for commuters, Council will seek Translink approval to re-route other services via the tunnel such as the 426 Chapel Hill, 431 Kenmore South, 446 Fig Tree Pocket, 455 Riverhills, and 456 Mount Ommaney.”

Once open to traffic, Legacy Way will provide an alternative route for traffic travelling between the Western Freeway and the ICB, and will almost halve peak hour travel times between the Centenary Bridge and the ICB.

“It also means motorists will avoid seven sets of traffic lights, providing a critical link between the western suburbs and the airport and TradeCoast areas,” he said.
“Legacy Way is a key part of Council’s plan to relieve congestion on Brisbane’s arterial roads and improve cross-city connectivity in the greater Brisbane area, while building strong and innovative infrastructure for the city’s future.
“Council will work with the public throughout the trial period, and will conduct further consultation about other potential bus routes that could benefit from travelling through the Legacy Way tunnel.”

For more information about Council’s public transport system, contact Council on 07 3403 8888 or visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au

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