RACQ backs changes to Northern Transitway plans

The State Government has made a raft of changes to its plans for the Northern Transitway, taking up almost all recommendations made by RACQ to deliver improved public transport for Brisbane’s northside.

The Brisbane Times reported the project would have seen 24/7 bus lanes on Gympie Road between Sadlier Street and Hamilton Road and the removal of on-street parking. 

Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said the Club backed the new proposal, which would cut bus-lane hours back and still deliver improved reliability of public transport within the constraints of the current corridor. 

“We’re pleased bus lane hours in both directions will now be reduced back to weekday periods only, between 6am-9am and 3pm-6pm,” Dr Michael said. 

“We expect this to deliver real time-savings and better reliability in peak periods for commuters who use buses on Gympie Road every day.”

Dr Michael also welcomed revisions that would see traffic lights installed at the Gympie Road and Boothby Street intersection, which included a right-turn lane and U-turn. 

“Two bus stops that were also going to be removed near Strathmore Street and Castle Street are also staying, improving accessibility to bus services and nearby businesses,” she said. 

More information on the Northern Transitway could be found here.