Level crossing overhaul gets tick from RACQ

The State’s peak motoring body has welcomed a proposal to invest $410 million to ease congestion and improve safety at level crossings in Brisbane.
Train level crossing

Lord Mayoral candidate Pat Condren will announce today he will commit to improvements around several level crossings which had been identified by RACQ as priorities, should Labor win at the next local government election in March.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said level crossings were real choke points across the city.

“RACQ members frequently tell us level crossings are a source of frustration and delay,” Dr Michael said.

“As Brisbane continues to grow we’re going to see more train services and traffic. Road improvements around level crossings will go some way to easing congestion, however a long-term program of level crossing removal is required to future proof our network.

“Removing level crossings would improve safety, congestion and rail service frequencies across south east Queensland, benefiting commuters as well as motorists.”

Dr Michael said for too long there had been a lack of investment in improving safety of level crossings and reducing congestion in surrounding roads.

“We welcome the $410 million commitment towards upgrading key level crossings, as it will see locals spend less time in traffic and get them where they need to be a whole lot quicker,” she said.

“However, it’s crucial all levels of government commit to support this investment, so we see it benefit commuters, motorists and residents soon.”

RACQ’s priority locations for level crossing removal:

  1. Boundary Road, Coopers Plains
  2. South Pine Road, Alderley
  3. Cavendish Road, Coorparoo
  4. Warrigal Road, Runcorn
  5. Kianawah/Lindum Road, Lindum
  6. Beams Road, Carseldine
  7. Wacol Station Road, Wacol

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