Successful trial delivers bus travel through Legacy Way
Monday, 30 November 2015
Brisbane City Council will re-route additional inbound morning peak period bus services from the western suburbs through Legacy Way from 25 January next year, following the overwhelming success of a trial to cut travel times and boost commuter convenience.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Council would seek Translink approval to re-route five services, which would deliver valuable time savings for commuters and for the first time, provide direct access to several key inner city locations.
“Council will look to re-direct services including the P426 Chapel Hill, 431 Kenmore South, 446 Fig Tree Pocket, P455 Riverhills and P456 Mount Ommaney, equating to 19 trips per day,” Cr Quirk said.
“This follows overwhelmingly positive feedback of Council’s trial of Route P443 Moggill to the City via Legacy Way during morning peak times, which commenced in late June and aimed to determine the quickest, most convenient and reliable route for commuters travelling into the city from the western suburbs.
“The results speak for themselves, with the average journey time cut by a minimum of five minutes, with some services benefiting from a 13 minute travel time saving.
“The trial has proved hugely popular, with a 40 per cent increase in patronage on inbound P443 services, equating to an extra 525 passengers every week.”
Cr Quirk said data gathered on the additional passengers who used Route P443 during the trial revealed half were travelling to the newly added stops on the route on the Inner Northern Busway at Herston, QUT Kelvin Grove and Normanby (for Brisbane Grammar and Brisbane Girls Grammar).
“For the first time, commuters from the western suburbs will also have direct access to these key locations in the inner-city, with Council ensuring the additional services would travel via the Western Freeway, Legacy Way, Inner City Bypass, Gilchrist Avenue off-ramp and Inner Northern Busway,” he said.
“These services will also set down passengers as required at the Inner Northern Busway stations of Herston, QUT Kelvin Grove and Normanby.
“Legacy Way is a key part of Council’s plan to relieve congestion on Brisbane’s arterial roads and improve cross-city connectivity in the greater Brisbane area, while building strong and innovative infrastructure for the city’s future.
“Re-directing these bus routes will not only boost convenience and reliability for commuters, but also tackle congestion.”
For more information about bus services visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or phone Council on 3403 8888.