Browns Plains to South East Busway public transport connectivity

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Improving public transport connectivity
Priority Initiative
Location
Brisbane, Queensland
Geography
Fast-growing cities
Category
Urban Congestion
Problem/Opportunity timeframe
Near term (0-5 years)
Proposed By
Queensland Government
Date added to the IPL
07 April 2020
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Problem

The 14 km corridor between Browns Plains and the South East Busway is a major transport corridor for public transport, freight and private vehicle users.

Growing population and traffic demand will exacerbate capacity, reliability and safety issues currently impacting the corridor. This is partly due to the lack of bus priority infrastructure. There are only 3.3 km of inbound T3 lanes available for use in the northern section of the corridor and no bus priority infrastructure in the southern section.

In 2019, the corridor carried an average of just over 140,000 vehicles each weekday. This included 18 buses per hour in the southern section of the corridor and up to 57 buses per hour in the northern section during peak periods. Apart from the grade‑separated busways in metropolitan Brisbane, the northern section is the busiest bus corridor in Brisbane.

This corridor connects people living south‑west of Brisbane to Griffith University, the University of Queensland, major shopping centres and hospitals. It also provides access to the Brisbane CBD via the South East Busway.

Proposed initiative

The initiative aims to improve the capacity, safety and public transport connectivity of the corridor between Browns Plains and the South East Busway. Options to address the initiative could include:

  • improving bus priority, such as through dedicated or priority lanes
  • improving bus and pedestrian infrastructure to encourage public transport use
  • upgrading intersections and key public transport interchanges and stations
  • encouraging public transport use through traffic signalling, reduced car parking and other measures.

Next steps

Proponent to identify initiatives and develop options (Stage 2 of Infrastructure Australia’s Assessment Framework).