The peak body representing the Queensland bus industry says dedicated bus lanes must be a priority for Brisbane’s proposed Eastern Corridor extension.
The East Brisbane arterial network will be expanded from four lanes to six as part of a 115 million dollar project but whether the extra lanes will be for buses or open to all traffic, is yet to be determined.
David Tape, executive director of the Queensland Bus Industry Council (QBIC) says there should be no argument.
“This is what the region, with its expanding population, needs now before it is too late. Extra bus lanes along this busy route means extra services for Wynnum and surrounding bayside suburbs.”
QBIC, which recently released its ‘moving Queensland’ blueprint for the future, says dedicated bus lanes underpins its transport strategy to combat Brisbane’s congestion woes.
Mr Tape said buses account for more than 67 per cent of public transport in the south-east with every extra bus service removing approximately 50 cars off the road.
The corridor has already become one of Brisbane’s most congested, with Council estimating 56 thousand vehicles a day travel along the Wynnum Road-Lytton Road corridor.
During peak morning traffic, 42 buses now service the road while in return peak hour there are only 34 buses on the route.
“If we have dedicated bus lanes servicing the Eastern Corridor, we could run more services and substantially reduce traffic congestion,” says Mr Tape.
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