Time's up for Centenary Mwy

RACQ has called on the State Government to commit to an upgrade of the Centenary Motorway, as latest data showed motorists commuting to and from Brisbane’s western suburbs continued to suffer.

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The motoring body’s September Travel Time report* found weekday average speeds on Brisbane’s motorways had slowed on many stretches when compared with the same time last year, and the Centenary Motorway was the slowest of them all in both the morning and afternoon peaks.

RACQ’s Renee Smith said on some sections of the Centenary Motorway on average almost an extra nine minutes was added to an already sluggish commute.

“The State Government needs to commit to funding upgrades of the Centenary. The more time we spend talking about this, the longer western suburbs motorists will suffer. We need action,” Ms Smith said. 

“Work is needed all the way along the motorway, from Ipswich Motorway to Legacy Way, increasing capacity to at least six lanes. 

“We also need better public transport options to reduce demand on roads – more frequent and reliable bus services to the CBD and buses that link up with rail.” 

Ms Smith said the Pacific Motorway south of Gaza Road to one kilometre south of Juliette Street experienced the largest reduction in speeds in the last 12 months, with average travel speeds dropping from 50km/h to just 40km/h. 

“This is Queensland’s busiest road and it’s over-capacity and struggling to cope with demand during peak times,” she said.

“The saving grace for the Pacific Motorway is we have a number of upgrades either underway or in planning stage so congestion relief is on the way.” 
*Data provided to RACQ by the Department of Transport and Main Roads.