Cleveland-Redland Bay Road is carrying less traffic but average speeds at morning and afternoon peak times have fallen over the past year according to data just published.
The report, Greater Brisbane key corridors performance January – June 2017, provides information about traffic volumes and average speeds for a number of heavily used roads managed by The Department of Main Roads and Brisbane City Council, including comparisons with the same six month period in 2016.
Old Cleveland Road traffic getting slower
Of interest to some Redlands residents will be the morning trip along Finucane Road and Old Cleveland Road leading into the Brisbane CBD via Stanley Street.
Nearly 60,000 vehicles per day use this route, between Delancey Street in Cleveland and Tilley Road in Chandler.
Average speeds have dropped 14.9% from 52.8 km/hr hour in 2016 to 44.9 km/hr in 2017 during the morning peak period on this part of Old Cleveland Road
Motorists continuing towards the Brisbane CBD experience much slower average speeds during peak periods. West of Creek Road average speeds during the morning peak were 26.2 km/hr, down from 28.5 km/hr in 2016.
By the time a city commuter gets to Stanley Street their car has slowed down to an average speed of 16.8 km/hr, making this the slowest section of road corridor in the Greater Brisbane area.
Cleveland-Redland Bay Road
Cleveland-Redland Bay Road currently carries about 20,000 vehicles per day.
Average speeds during the morning peak period have reduced 5.8% from 48.9 km/hr in 2016 to 46.1 km/hr in 2017.
Afternoon peak period traffic has slowed down 2.4% from 43.3 km/hr in 2016 to 42.3 km/hr in 2017.
Fewer vehicles are using this road with average vehicles per day declining by 7.1% over the year.
The most noticeable drop in usage has occurred during the afternoon peak period with a 9.8% drop in the average number of vehicles per hour.
Traffic volume in the morning peak periods has declined less, by just 3.7%.
About the data
Data in the report is for the six months from January to June in 2017 with figures also given for the same period in 2016.
Traffic is only measured on weekdays, excluding public holidays.
The morning (AM) peak is measured from 6:00am to 9:00am on roads managed by the Department of Main Roads but the peak morning for Brisbane City Council roads is from 7:00 am to 9:00 am.
The afternoon (PM) peak is measured from 4:00pm to 7:00pm
State Infrastructure Plan
The State Infrastructure Plan includes no major upgrades for Cleveland-Redland Bay Road or other major commuter routes used by Redlands residents.
Rail journey times from Cleveland to the Brisbane CBD will reduce by about 14 minutes when the Cross River Rail project is completed, in 2024.