Pacific Motorway failing drivers on morning commute

New data has revealed Queenslanders are spending longer in the car on the peak hour commute, with the Pacific Motorway clogged for up to six hours, on average, in the evening.

Brisbane Times reported data from HERE Technologies showed some south east Queensland (SEQ) roads averaged speeds of 43km/h lower than the speed limit and traditional peak hours had lengthened.

The report found southbound motorists on the Pacific Motorway faced up to six hours of peak hour speeds in the evening, with speeds beginning to drop at 1pm, reaching 57km/h at 3pm and not returning to faster than 90km/h until 7pm.

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RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said with more and more people driving to work instead of catching public transport, the results were not surprising.

“We know from the 2016 Census that 72.2 percent of people in Brisbane travelled to work by car, up from 70.3 percent in 2011,” Ms Ross said.

“If more people are jumping in their car for the morning commute, of course congestion is going to worsen if we don’t upgrade our roads.

“The planned M1 upgrades are a good first step in addressing the peak hour traffic we see on the Pacific Motorway, but more needs to be done right across SEQ to prioritise congestion-busting road projects. We also need to see governments invest in public transport to get more people onto buses and trains.”

HERE smart cities specialist Daniel Antonello said traffic congestion impacted peoples’ happiness, where they chose to live, how productive we were as a society and the success of our economy.

“The fact is our roads are already reaching capacity with the weight of population growth and the increasing footprint of Australia’s major cities. And this fact cannot be ignored.”

RACQ’s monthly Travel Time reports could be found here.