Stop to ‘left turn on red’ at some Brisbane intersections

Infrastructure Chairman Cr Amanda Cooper has today announced that Council will be forced to put a stop to up to 15 locations that have been part of a left turn during a red light trial at selective intersections, due to additional State Government regulations.

Since 2013, Council has been trialling intersections across the city with low traffic volumes and high visibility, to allow motorists to make a left turn on a red light, when there are no oncoming vehicles or pedestrians crossing.

Cr Cooper said the ‘Left Turn on Red’ trial was one of many congestion-busting initiatives that Council had delivered as part of its commitment to tackle traffic congestion and get residents home more quickly and safely with more travel options.

“Although approving and monitoring the Brisbane Left Turn on Red trial, the Department of Transport and Main Roads has required Council’s trial for turn movements at intersections to be in line with New South Wales road rules,” Cr Cooper said.

“This will mean that left turn on red will only be available at sites with less than 120 pedestrians using the intersection each day, which is significantly less than what has been allowed until now.

“As a result, seven left turn on red intersections will now be decommissioned, with another eight sites requiring further investigation to determine if they must be removed and 33 sites will continue to allow a left turn at a red light.”

Cr Cooper said that since commencing five years ago, the community had been overwhelmingly supportive of the trial and the number of intersections allowing the turn had increased from five to 50.

“We have seen Left Turn on Red reduce congestion by cutting queuing at intersections, which allows for more green light time to be allocated to major roads when vehicles are turning left from side streets,” she said.

“Safety has always been Council’s first priority when assessing intersections for the initiatives and many sites had resulted from community requests, to reduce vehicle wait times.

“The Left Turn on Red trial is just one of the ways we’re taking real action on traffic congestion, alongside our $2 billion investment to improve more than 1000 local roads.”

Cr Cooper said the changes to intersections would be made from 1 June 2018, with signage for the initiative being removed.

“I encourage all motorists to continue to pay particular attention to changes in signage at intersections and remember that a left turn on red is only permitted where there is signage,” she said.

Left Turn on Red sites to be removed:
• Glenealy Street into Bracken Ridge Road, Bracken Ridge
• Telegraph Road Extension into Telegraph Road, Bracken Ridge
• Bilsen Road into Zillmere Road, Geebung
• Constitution Road into Lutwyche Road, Windsor
• Wyncroft Street into Cavendish Road, Holland Park
• Teralba Park Access Road into Osborne Road, Mitchelton
• Jurgens Street into Logan Road, Woolloongabba.

For more information about Council’s program to take real action on traffic congestion, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.