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Map of Queensland with Metropolitan District highlighted 
Area covered

2965km2

Population of Queensland

31.97%

Data source: Queensland Government Statistician's Office (Queensland Treasury), Queensland Regional Profiles www.qgso.qld.gov.au, April 2020

527km

State-controlled roads*

89km

National Land Transport Network*

1,559,715

Vehicle and machinery inspections

50

Boating infrastructures

29

Community safety events held

17,885

Vehicle safety inspections completed

454

Bridges**

35,417

Drivers licence tests conducted

926,248

Customer face-to-face interaction

502

Priority enabled intersection

Data source: *A Road Management Information System (ARMIS), 30 June 2020
Data source: **Bridge Information System (BIS), 30 June 2020

Highlights

  • Continued delivering the Ipswich Motorway (Rocklea– Darra) (Stage 1) project, to upgrade the motorway from four to six lanes from just east of the Oxley Road roundabout to the Granard Road interchange at Rocklea, jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments.
  • Progressed construction of the Sumners Road interchange over the Centenary Motorway.
  • Completed construction of the Veloway1 (V1) Cycleway (Stage E) project between Birdwood Road in Holland Park West and Gaza Road at Tarragindi.
  • Completed construction of the Eight Mile Plains bus station park ‘n’ ride expansion.
  • Completed construction of the North Brisbane Bikeway (Stage 2 and 3) between Windsor and Wooloowin, linking Brisbane’s CBD to the northern suburbs.
  • Early works commenced on the Cleveland-Redland Bay Road and Anita Street intersection

 

Ipswich Motorway Upgrade – Rocklea to Darra

The three kilometre upgrade is located within a heavy industrial precinct and will greatly improve flood immunity and connectivity across the Oxley Creek floodplain. Complex traffic staging has been necessary to keep 85,000 vehicles, 11,000 of which are heavy vehicles, moving through the site each day while maintaining a four-lane capacity and an 80 kilometres per hour speed limit.

With over 1.1 million hours already completed, it is already improving safety by rationalising interchanges, and lengthening entry and exit ramps for easier merging. Over 97 per cent of the businesses providing goods and services for the project are located within South East Queensland.

Ultimately, road users will benefit with reduced congestion, improved safety, connectivity, and better active transport infrastructure. In July 2018, it was announced that the project would include the Boundary Road Connection, a 1.5 kilometre missing link on Boundary Road across the Oxley Creek floodplain and will be delivered within the committed funding.

North Brisbane Bikeway

The North Brisbane Bikeway connects Brisbane’s CBD to Windsor and Wooloowin, and uniquely includes priority pedestrian and cycle crossings at several local road intersections along the bike path.

Stages 2 and 3 started construction in mid-2019 and formed part of the Queensland Government’s four year investment of more than $240 million into infrastructure for cyclists and supports the Queensland Cycling Strategy 2017–27 vision of ‘more cycling, more often’ across Queensland.

Stages 2 and 3 opened in March 2020, providing a 1.7 kilometre separated bike path from Somerset Street in Windsor to Rigby Street in Wooloowin.

The final stage along Dickson Street from Rigby Street to Price Street in Wooloowin, is scheduled to start construction in late 2020.

This project is being delivered in partnership with Brisbane City Council.

New Albion station transit-oriented development underway

The department is facilitating a transit-oriented development at Albion Train Station using under-utilised and surplus state owned land. Albion TOD Pty Ltd were selected as the developer following an open market procurement process and they lodged their first two development applications for the project in 2018. The Stage 1 development approval was granted by Brisbane City Council in January 2020.

The developer is now commencing staged detailed design to deliver $28.7 million of transport infrastructure improvements including Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) compliant works to improve access to the station. Other works will include consolidated commuter park ‘n’ ride facilities, pedestrian, and cyclist connectivity.

South Brisbane Transport and Mobility Study

This study was a multi-model, strategic assessment that explored opportunities to enhance movement into, around, and through the area by private vehicle, public transport, and active transport. Study considerations included:

  • key connections via the river
  • road and rail network
  • access to education hubs
  • cultural precincts essential services such as hospitals.

The department engaged with the community across the study area and identified several important priorities including:

  • safety
  • connectivity of the network
  • convenient journeys
  • choice of transport
  • accessibility and mobility for all
  • affordability of travel
  • connecting community liveability.

The South Brisbane Transport and Mobility Study was completed in November 2019 and the report is available on the department’s website.

Springfield Central park ‘n’ ride

The Springfield Central park ‘n’ ride project will increase the total capacity at Springfield Central station’s parking precinct to approximately 1100 car parks. The multi-storey car park will also feature 24-hour access, elevators, and CCTV.

Additional accessible parking spaces will be provided closer to the train station in the existing car park adjacent to Southern Cross Circuit.

Community consultation on the design occurred in July 2019, and the design was finalised in early 2020. A major milestone was reached in May 2020, with the release of the construction tender.

Sumners Road interchange upgrade

Commencing in July 2019, the construction of the Sumners Road interchange upgrade includes new:

  • signalised intersections to replace the existing roundabouts
  • two-lane eastbound bridge
  • four-lane westbound bridge
  • grade-separated cycle track.

The new eastbound bridge over the Centenary Motorway was completed in late May 2020 and the old bridge demolished. All traffic will remain on the new two-lane bridge until mid-2021, when construction of the new four-lane westbound bridge is expected to be completed. Traffic will then flow in its final six-lane configuration of two-lanes eastbound and four-lanes westbound.

The old roundabouts have been reconfigured and will become signalised intersections in mid-2021.

The project benefits include:

  • improved traffic flow
  • reduced congestion
  • provisions for bike riders with on-road cycle lanes and shared pedestrian paths.

The project is scheduled to be completed in late 2021, subject to construction and weather conditions.

Demand Responsive Transport pilot in Logan

As the transport environment continues to evolve, the department is adapting with new service delivery options such as Demand Responsive Transport.

A trial of this on-demand public transport mode in Logan has highlighted the effectiveness of providing greater public transport coverage and access to nearby destinations in low density areas, which can be challenging to service with traditional bus options.

Provided by local taxi operator, 13Cabs, the pilot brings together small groups of people who are looking to travel at the same time. It uses advanced technology to plan the most efficient route, picking up each passenger and taking them to major public transport stations and local facilities.

Patronage on the trial has grown steadily with over 100,000 passenger trips taken since its inception. Feedback indicates that customer satisfaction is high.

The trial has been extended to 30 June 2021 to provide the necessary time for the department to complete investigations and potentially deliver an integrated technology option. This includes exploring opportunities for customer registration, journey planning, booking, payment, and trip management to be delivered through a single dedicated technology platform.

This is the first step towards Mobility as a Service in Queensland where mobility solutions are used as a service, rather than individuals owning and organising their own modes of transport.

Read more about Demand Responsive Transport

Victoria Point Central bus station

The new $9.8 million Victoria Point Central bus station, opened in December 2019, provides enhanced safety and efficiency for passengers while improving travel times and service reliability. The improved facilities also provide capacity to meet the growing population and demand for bus services.

The new bus station on Cleveland-Redland Bay Road near Victoria Point Shopping Centre includes:

  • two new high-quality sheltered platforms with capacity for six buses
  • improved customer comfort and safety through improved lighting and security cameras
  • new bicycle storage
  • bus driver facilities to support improved network operations.

Relocation of the station provides centralised access to local facilities and improve travel for the broader community, supporting local economic and community development for Victoria Point.

Read more about Victoria Point Central Bus Station.

17 kilometres of cycleway

A dedicated 17 kilometre cycleway will connect cyclists between Lower River Terrace, South Brisbane, and Eight Mile Plains adjacent to the Pacific Motorway.

The project will provide a 1.4 kilometre path for cyclists between Birdwood Road, Holland Park West, and Gaza Road, in Tarragindi. The project will upgrade the shared path on Birdwood Road that connects the new Veloway 1 Stage E to the already completed Stage C.

Safety for cyclists will be improved by providing grade separation from motorists with bridges over Marshall Road, Sterculia Avenue,
and Bapaume Road near Gaza Road.

Revegetation will complement the surrounding streetscape and nearby Toohey Forest, and art murals will improve the visual
amenity on the nine highly visible bridge pier locations facing the residential areas.

Construction of Stage E was completed in June 2020.