South East Queensland level crossings congestion and safety

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Congestion and safety on South East Queensland’s urban road network
High Priority Initiative
Location
South East Queensland
Geography
Fast-growing cities
Category
Efficient urban transport networks
Problem/Opportunity timeframe
Near term (0-5 years)
Proposed By
Queensland Government
Date added to the IPL
26 February 2021
South East Queensland level-crossings congestion and safety

Problem

South East Queensland’s Citytrain network includes 65 level crossings. Most of these level crossings are in urban environments, which can lead to congestion and safety issues.

Level crossings provide important connectivity for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians across train lines, but also result in increased road congestion, safety risks and disruption to local accessibility and movement.

Pedestrian and vehicle collisions and boom strike crashes can result in injuries or fatalities, as well as property damage and delays on the network.

There are over 1,200 daily rail services on the Citytrain network, and over 450,000 vehicles that travel through a level crossing on an average weekday in South East Queensland. This results in delays from boom gate closures.

Level crossings also create safety risks through near‑misses.

Level crossings can create barriers between different parts of a community and impact on local amenity.

Proposed initiative

The initiative could be addressed through a network-wide program to identify, prioritise and treat level crossings in South East Queensland. This would improve network efficiency, safety, and amenity for communities.

The program should consider a wide range of options to remove level crossings or minimise their impacts.

This could include traffic restrictions, road closures, demand management, removing level crossings, and potentially grade separations where warranted.

Next steps

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