RACQ welcomes Brisbane black spot upgrades

The State’s peak motoring body has welcomed news four dangerous intersections in Brisbane would be upgraded.

The Courier Mail reported Brisbane City Council (BCC) had committed almost $7 million for upgrades including pedestrian crossings, traffic lights or roundabouts, at four intersections at Annerley, Belmont, St Lucia and Wacol.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said the Club was pleased the Black Spot program upgrades would be delivered in conjunction with the Federal Government.

“We’re pleased to see BCC’s commitment to improving these dangerous intersections and welcome the ongoing Federal Government funding commitment,” Dr Michael said.

“There have been 49 crashes at these four intersections since 2013 and these upgrades will significantly reduce the risk of crashes in the future.”

Dr Michael said the Black Spot program of low-cost safety treatments at identified high crash intersections had been very effective at reducing crashes. 

“Unfortunately, many projects miss out each year and we would welcome further boosts to this program to identify and treat crash and high-risk locations. This would deliver safety improvements to Queenslanders sooner. 

“We’d also like to see BCC work with the local community to identify any parking issues that arise from the removal of on-street parking.”

Intersections receiving upgrades in 2020/2021:
- Ipswich Road/Ponsonby Street, Annerley
- Stanbrough Road/London Road, Belmont
- Sir Fred Schonell Drive/Coldridge Street, St Lucia
- Industrial Ave/Campbell Ave, Wacol.