Council boosts safety and tackles congestion in West End

Brisbane City Council is investing more than $5 million to deliver a major safety upgrade at the intersection of Vulture Street and Montague Road, with works now underway.

Infrastructure Chairman Cr Amanda Cooper said Council was committed to taking real action on traffic congestion and this upgrade would ensure residents could get home quicker and safer.

“Council has now commenced construction of a major intersection upgrade in West End, that will see new traffic signals, right and left turning lanes as well as dedicated on-road cycle lanes and pedestrian crossings at the intersection of Vulture Street and Montague Road,” Cr Cooper said.

“This upgrade is part of a $2 billion investment to improve more than 1,000 local roads right across Brisbane.

“The intersection of Vulture Street and Montague Road is used by 13,000 motorists and 660 cyclists every day, and this upgrade will go a long way in ensuring the intersection remains safe for all road users.

“Without the upgrade, road users travelling through this intersection would experience delays of more than 10 minutes by 2031 during the morning and afternoon peak periods.”

Cr Cooper said the Vulture Street and Montague Road intersection upgrade was part of a suite of improvements that Council had undertaken in West End.

“In 2017, we encouraged 4,800 residents to complete a Local Area Traffic Management survey to provide their feedback on proposed traffic improvements in the area,” she said.

“Council is dedicated to creating a safer and more accessible network for all road users and recently completed a series of safety improvements along Montague Road, Hardgrave Road and Vulture Street.

“These works have included installing two pedestrian refuges along Montague Road, north-east from Rogers Street and north of Harriet and Kurilpa Streets, as well as enhanced signage, line marking and kerb ramps to make the area more accessible.

“These traffic improvements will provide a range of benefits including reducing rat-running, vehicle speeds and improving safety in local streets for all road users, including pedestrians.

“Council has also been reviewing traffic movements at the Montague Road and Victoria Street intersection to determine if an upgrade is required.

“Every day we work with residents and local communities to help make our city what it is today, a safe, vibrant, green and prosperous city, valued for its friendly character and enjoyable lifestyle.”