Peak hour no longer peaks on Centenary Mwy

Motorists using Brisbane’s busy Centenary Motorway have experienced a reduction in their weekday daily commute time, with the impact of COVID-19 resulting in a return to one peak hour rather than peak hours, according to RACQ.

Data obtained from the Department of Transport and Main Roads revealed the inbound average weekday morning peak period was 7:30am-8:30am, rather than 6am-9:30am (inbound between Dandenong Road and Seventeen Mile Rocks) compared with the same period last year*.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said a recent change in commuter behaviour due to COVID-19 resulted in fewer headaches for those using that stretch of road.

“The Centenary Motorway between Darra and Toowong is usually one of the slowest motorway commutes in Brisbane in the morning and afternoon peak,” Ms Ritchie said.

“As people remain working from home or are staggering their start times, we are seeing a dramatic difference in when the bulk of traffic is hitting the road and delays start to occur.

“In the weekday afternoon peak hour on the Centenary Motorway (outbound from Legacy Way tunnel exit to Fig Tree Pocket Road), the average journey time was delayed by just three and a half minutes verses more than 11 minutes back in 2019.”

Ms Ritchie said it was proof drivers could experience more free-flowing traffic on the Centenary Motorway at this time, but this may be short lived as traffic returns.

“This motorway has always been the bridesmaid and never the bride when it comes to the Queensland Government spending. We need to give those living in Ipswich and the western suburbs realistic options to get to their destination without massive delays,” she said.

“We would like to see funding for delivery of the Centenary Bridge duplication and capacity upgrades from Darra to Toowong, as well as improvements to accessibility to public transport services and active transport to reduce demand on the motorway.

“We have to invest in an integrated approach for all of Brisbane to be able to safely and efficiently use public transport, active transport or vehicles and still get to their destination on time

*Data analysis compared traffic during 3-7 June 2020 to 1-5 June  2019.