Notorious north side road gets major upgrade

RACQ has welcomed news the State Government would deliver the Everton Park Link Road by the end of next year to help ease congestion in the area.

Nine News Queensland reported the thoroughfare would be built along Kedron Brook, diverting traffic around the bottleneck where Stafford Road meets South Pine Road.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said the Club had called for the Everton Park Link Road, which forms Stage One of the South Pine Road and Stafford Road intersection upgrade project, in its Mobility Matters 2017-2021 key priority project list.

“It’s great to see this new link road is being delivered to ease pressure at this notoriously congested intersection,” Dr Michael said.

“Year after year our members tell us the intersection of South Pine Road and Stafford Road is one of the most congested areas in Brisbane as part of our Red Spot Congestion Survey.

“South Pine Road, approaching Stafford Road, is also traditionally one of Brisbane’s slowest sections on weekdays in the afternoon peak and based on our monthly travel speed reports, often records average speeds under 20km/h for the 1.7km section between Samford Road and Stafford Road.”

Dr Michael said while Stage One of the project would help reduce congestion and potential for crashes to occur, the Club would also like to see accelerated funding for Stage Two works.

“Stage Two would see additional lanes and safety improvements for all road users at the existing intersection of South Pine Road and Stafford Road,” she said.

“By having both stages completed, the full congestion and safety improvement benefits would be unlocked.”