Proof Brisbane commuters are crawling to work

16 March 2018 The State’s peak motoring body has revealed Brisbane residents had the slowest commute time in the south east, despite only needing to travel a relatively short distance to work.

The new RACQ research, which surveyed south east Queenslanders about their daily commute, found Brisbane locals spent an average of 30.8 minutes getting to work and travelled a distance of 14.8km, at just 29.8km/h.

Meanwhile, Moreton Bay commuters travelled longer distances but at a quicker speed, with an average of 43.8km/h.

RACQ spokesperson Paul Turner said the data would not surprise Brisbane commuters who regularly get stuck in gridlock on their way to work.

“Across the city, it’s clear we have a congestion problem. To think it takes 30 minutes to travel a measly 15km is crazy,” Mr Turner said.

The research also revealed 43.1 percent of Brisbane commuters wanted improved public transport services and almost 20 percent wanted to see specific roads upgraded or widened.

Mr Turner said all levels of government should prioritise investment in roads and transport infrastructure.

“We need governments to prioritise road projects which will enhance our network’s efficiency and safety, and by investing in key public transport projects, we’ll see an improvement to our city’s commute time,” he said.

“An effective and connected public transport system, where projects like Brisbane Metro and Cross River Rail complement the evolving transport system, will also reduce pinch points in the public transport network.”

Average south east Queensland commutes:

Distance (km) Time (minutes) Speed (km/h)
Brisbane 14.8 30.8 29.8
Moreton Bay 29.2 44.4 43.8
Logan 29.3 43.1 41.7
Gold Coast 34.3 39.9 49.9
Sunshine Coast 27.5 30.8 51.5