INVESTING IN PUBLIC AND ACTIVE TRANSPORT

"Getting around our community is important. Governments need to be investing in not just more roads, but better use of roads through improved public transport, and accessible and safe active transport options."

 

Joe Kelly MP 

Joe Kelly and the Palaszczuk Labor government have delivered for our community through improvements in our public and active transport.  

  • Since 2015, the Palaszczuk Government has delivered $14.8 billion in roads and transport infrastructure across Queensland.

  • Old Cleveland Road and Gateway Motorway on-ramp upgrade, Upgrading the Old Cleveland Road and Gateway Motorway intersection.

  • In 2016 The Palaszczuk Government has committed $420,000 to start detailed design work and investigate improvements at the intersection of Old Cleveland Road and the Gateway Motorway. Traffic queuing frequently occurs at the on-ramp to the Gateway Motorway. This is great news for drivers who frequently use Old Cleveland Road, including those travelling to and from my electorate of Capalaba and further on in the Redlands.

  • The M1 North upgrade program is being delivered in a 3-stage rolling program from north to south:  Stage 1 is the M1/M3 Gateway Merge upgrade which was completed in May 2020. Stage 2 is the Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill (EMP2DH) upgrade and is currently in varying stages of construction, preliminary and detailed design. Stage 3 of the M1 North upgrade program is the Daisy Hill to Logan Motorway upgrade and is currently in the planning phase of the project lifecycle.

  • Stage 2: Pacific Motorway M1 Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill Construct additional lane/s. We are undertaking the Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill upgrade that will improve 8kms of the Pacific Motorway (M1) between the Gateway Motorway and Loganlea Road. This project is the second stage of the M1 North upgrade program. The upgrade will include: widening up to 5 M1 northbound lanes from the Gateway Motorway to Loganlea Road; widening up to 4 M1 southbound lanes between Rochedale Road and Logan Road; extension of the South East Busway from Eight Mile Plains to Springwood; new bus station and park 'n' ride at Rochedale; and completion of the missing V1 cycleway link on the western side of the M1 from the Gateway Motorway to Paradise Road. We began construction works between Sports Drive and the Gateway Motorway in April 2020.

  • Stage 1: Pacific Motorway Upgrade M1 M3 Gateway merge (Miles Platting Road - Rochedale Road) Construct additional lane/s. Construction to upgrade the M1/M3 Gateway merge to improve safety and reduce peak hour congestion was completed in May 2020. We are delivering upgrades to the Pacific Motorway. The southbound lanes near the Gateway Motorway merge at Eight Mile Plains had experienced high levels of congestion for years. This section of motorway had been operating over capacity during the afternoon peak resulting in significant delays and unreliable travel times. The M1/M3 Gateway merge upgrade project was undertaken to alleviate these issues. Key features: Up to 5 southbound lanes on the Pacific Motorway between Eight Mile Plains and Rochedale South (Exit 19); the relocation of the existing bus entry from the Eight Mile Plains Bus Station onto the Pacific Motorway; replacement of the Underwood Road bridge to a new 4 lane overpass; smart motorway technologies from Klumpp Road to Rochedale Road. The congestion-busting, $195.3 million upgrade of the M1/M3 Gateway Merge at Eight Mile Plains was completed, ahead of schedule, in May 2020.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

  • Eastern Transitway project, Old Cleveland Road Bus priority: We are investing $22 million for the Eastern Transitway project to deliver bus priority measures along Old Cleveland Road. Community consultation to nearby Stage 1 residents and businesses began in late 2019 with wider community consultation now starting. Construction of Stage 1 is expected to commence in 2020. TMR will inform the community prior to works commencing. TransLink will notify bus customers of any impact on bus services during construction.The Eastern Transitway will provide bus customers in Brisbane's east with a safer and more efficient public transport network. The project will deliver targeted bus priority measures to improve safety, reliability and capacity along Old Cleveland Road from Coorparoo to Carindale. Upgrading the Eastern Transitway corridor will: provide a faster, safer, more reliable and accessible public transport corridor for bus services during peak periods each weekday;  separate buses from general traffic, bus travel times will be reduced during peak periods; improve timetable confidence on Old Cleveland Road; support existing high frequency bus services, encouraging more people to use public transport and allowing for greater public transport capacity in the future; benefit bike riders and pedestrians through associated upgrades to the active transport connectivity; assist emergency vehicles by allowing them to use the bus lanes, improving response times along Old Cleveland Road. Some other vehicles and bike riders will also be permitted to use the transitway.

  • Bus Shelter Program: We are committed to creating a single integrated transport network accessible to everyone. As part of this commitment, we offer funding grants to local councils across Queensland to upgrade passenger transport infrastructure to improve customer safety, accessibility and comfort. The Bus Stop Shelter Program (BSSP) allows local councils to apply for funding to install bus stop shelters at approved locations across Queensland. Bus stops eligible for funding must meet DDA and Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport (DSAPT) (2002).

  • Station Accessibility Upgrade Program Queensland Rail is upgrading Buranda station to improve accessibility and make it easier and safer for customers to use. The station upgrade is designed to achieve independent accessibility, meaning that all train platforms can be accessed independently via paths, ramps or lifts, without the need to use stairs. Features of the Buranda upgrade include: a new pedestrian footbridge with lift access, raised section of platform encompassing the core zone and assisted boarding point, upgraded hearing augmentation loop and tactile platform surfaces, upgraded security cameras and lighting around the core zone, new wayfinding and platform signage around the core zone.

ACTIVE TRANSPORT

  • Veloway 1 (V1) Cycleway, O'Keefe Street Construct cycleway/s. The Veloway 1 (V1), is a dedicated cycleway running between Lower River Terrace, South Brisbane and Eight Mile Plains. The 17km cycleway provides a safe and efficient route for people travelling by bike. Upgrades to the V1 are being made in stages to remove multiple road crossings and to improve safety where on-road crossings still exist. 

  • Veloway 1  Lower River Terrace, A business case is being developed for the proposed veloway, with engineering consulting firm SMEC awarded the contract to confirm the project’s feasibility and cost of the preferred option. The Veloway 1 (V1) is a dedicated bikeway designed to connect people riding bikes between Lower River Terrace, South Brisbane and Eight Mile Plains, adjacent to the Pacific Motorway. Upgrades to the V1 are progressing in stages to remove multiple road crossings and to improve safety where on-road crossings still exist. V1 Stage E is currently under construction. The velobridge at Lower River Terrace is in planning. A new connection from Lower River Terrace will enable bike riders to avoid crossing vehicle and pedestrian traffic on Lower River Terrace and having to traverse a steep, winding and narrow section of the Veloway 1.

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