Brisbane’s first buses have jumped the queue thanks to Brisbane City Council’s Inner City Bypass (ICB) Upgrade.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk hopped on board one of the first buses to use the new bus jump lane, which would see buses given priority when exiting the ICB at Herston Road.
“More than 55,000 vehicles use this section of the ICB every day, which often causes queuing in the shoulder lane at the Herston Road exit during morning peak travel times,” Cr Quirk said.
“The opening of this new bus priority lane will help provide immediate congestion relief for motorists and bus users, helping them get to work or home quicker and safer.
“The ICB is currently operating at 90 per cent capacity and will be severely over capacity by 2021, which is why Council is taking real action on traffic now.
“This project will see the ICB widened to four lanes each way between Legacy Way and the RNA Tunnel, delivering travel time savings of up to 25 per cent.”
Chairman for Infrastructure Cr Amanda Cooper said the ICB was the Brisbane’s busiest Council-owned arterial road and motorists would see huge benefits when the project was complete mid-2018.
“Over the next few months, motorists will begin to see changes to the alignment of the ICB as works progress,” Cr Cooper said.
“On-road works to widen both the eastbound and westbound lanes from three to four lanes are being carried out, with piling now complete to support a brand new westbound on-ramp.
“The westbound on-ramp will be a major feature of the project and will allow buses to hop straight onto the ICB and Legacy Way from Bowen Bridge Road.
“While motorists will benefit from increased capacity and improved safety on the ICB, ratepayers will also benefit thanks to a reduction in congestion and a boost to traffic efficiency.”
Transurban Queensland Group General Manager Wes Ballantine said the opening of the bus jump lane was a major step forward in the ICB upgrade.
“Motorists will start to see real benefits from today, however it’s important we keep traffic moving as construction progresses through to completion mid-next year,” Mr Ballantine said.
“Over the next few months, traffic changes will continue to be in place to ensure the safety of motorists and workers, and I’d like to thank motorists and the local community for their patience over the coming months while we deliver this critical project.”
The ICB upgrade is an initiative of Brisbane City Council and is being delivered by Transurban Queensland. For more information visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call 3403 8888.