Coronavirus saves commuter delays as Roma St busway shuts down

Brisbane commuters have escaped traffic delays thanks to coronavirus with the Roma Street bus station to be shutdown due to latest phase of the Cross River Rail project.

Roma Street busway will be closed from 18 May for 15 weeks as works progress on the underground rail project which was due to cause headaches to commuters.

RACQ’s Lauren Ritchie said a silver lining of the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in quieter streets and far less commuter impact through Brisbane’s CBD.

“If it weren’t for coronavirus and Brisbane locals staying home these works would have been a real strain on the commute for both vehicle traffic and public transport as all buses were diverted onto and already choked Roma Street,” Ms Ritchie said.

“Temporary bus stops are going to be placed along Roma Street between Makerston and Garrick Streets for those services no longer able to use the original station.

“However, drivers need to be aware a bus lane will be installed westbound on Roma Street, between Parkland Boulevard and Countess Street to prioritise bus movements. This will be in place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the diversion period. Regular traffic will still have access to two lanes.”

Ms Ritchie said commuters still needed to be wary of potential delays given the Federal Government’s indication there could be a return to “business as usual” before the 15 week program was completed.

“The key here is for people to be well aware of these changes if their own work and personal lives changed as we returned back to work and regular life,” she said.

“The Cross River Rail project is essential and will help to not only transform the public transport network in Brisbane, it is now assisting in boosting the local economy with vital construction jobs.

“Ultimately these changes to roads and public transport network are temporary and we will reap the benefits in the long-term.

“We ask for drivers and commuters patience during this time and encourage them to check RACQ’s Road Conditions website before hitting the road if and when they return back to the CBD streets.”