Inner City Bypass improvements mean less time in the car for west-siders

RACQ has welcomed new upgrades to Brisbane’s Inner City Bypass (ICB) which would improve safety and traffic flow, as well as travel times for public transport users.

Brisbane Times reported the improvements, which opened this week, included additional lanes across multiple sections and better bus connectivity at the entrance of the Legacy Way tunnel connecting Brisbane’s western suburbs to the city.

The $60 million upgrade included a new bus ramp to improve access to the ICB in the Bowen Hills area, which meant bus passengers and motorists from Kenmore, Riverhills and Fig Tree Pocket could save 10 minutes on trips to and from the city.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said the additional lanes improved safety and traffic flow, and the bus connectivity improvements provided better and faster public transport out to the western suburbs.

“With daily congestion clogging up those western suburb arterials, this will really go towards cutting the travel times for bus users travelling into the city,” Dr Michael said.

“Not only do the changes mean the route is safer, more than 50 bus services are going to be better off because of it.”

It was also reported that to cover the cost of ICB improvements, Legacy Way toll fees would be increased by seven percent from July 2020, from $4.94 to $5.31, in 2017 terms.

Dr Michael said RACQ had supported the increase in tolls on the Legacy Way because it had funded the improvements on the ICB.