Brisbane’s Legacy Way win

New Legacy Way tunnel reduces traffic along one of the busiest main roads in Brisbane’s west

Brisbane’s Legacy Way win
The Legacy Way project during construction

Bus users travelling along one of Brisbane’s busiest roads are getting to their destination faster thanks to the new Legacy Way.

Projections showed Legacy Way would ease pressure on adjoining roads, but this is the first evidence the $1.5 billion project has helped to reduce congestion.

Brisbane lord mayor Graham Quirk says the latest report shows there has been a 16 per cent reduction in traffic along Milton Road since the opening of Legacy Way in June this year.

"The good news is that while motorists using the tunnel are experiencing significant travel time savings as planned, those on the surface roads are also experiencing good reductions in their travel times," he says.

"With Milton Road continually listed within the top five busiest corridors for Brisbane, this is a good outcome and one we expect will continue to deliver benefits for motorists."

There are now about 8,500 less vehicles travelling on Milton Road, compared to the when the last was study conducted prior to the opening of Legacy Way, according to Brisbane City Council’s Key Corridors Performance Report released in August.

Quirk says Brisbane’s road network had been completely transformed over the last decade, in ways that would not have been possible without private investment.

"Over the past 10 years, $7 billion worth of major infrastructure has been built under the TransApex plan, and it’s easy to overlook how the city’s road network would operate had this infrastructure not been built," Quirk says.

Legacy Way users had time savings of up to 71 per cent between the Western Freeway and the Inner City Bypass during the morning peak in July, reducing travel time from an average of 26 to a minimum of seven minutes.

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