Investment needed to improve commute times

The State’s peak motoring body has called for greater investment in roads and public transport, after it was revealed travel times on the city’s busiest roads had continued to deteriorate.

The Courier Mail reported morning commute speeds for Brisbane motorists had plummeted to below 40km/h, with Stanley Street in Woolloongabba the slowest major road at 16km/h.

The overall average speed on the River City’s 38 key corridors during the morning peak was 35km/h between January and June this year – down from 42km/h during the same period in 2017.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said the report showed Brisbane was heading backwards.

“It’s so important we see continued investment in roads, public transport and efficiency improvements to maintain or improve average travel speeds across the network,” Dr Michael said.

“We also need to see better utilisation of toll roads close to the city because this will help relieve congestion and improve average travel speeds on the competing surface road network.”