Infrastructure isn't keeping up with population growth, says Infrastructure Australia

Infrastructure Australia  – the nation’s independent infrastructure advisor – has just released its 2019 Australian Infrastructure Audit and Logan’s future transport needs have been highlighted because of our expected population growth.

Here’s what’s been mentioned in the Urban Transport Crowding and Congestion supplementary report:

Road networks 2016 data

  • The daily cost of congestion based on 2016 figures includes:
    • $95,000 for the Beenleigh to city northbound corridor of the Pacific Motorway in AM peak
    • $25,000 for the city to Beenleigh southbound corridor of the Pacific Motorway in the AM peak
    • $71,000 for the city to Beenleigh southbound corridor of the Pacific Motorway in the PM peak
    • $32,000 for the Mt Gravatt to Loganholme southbound corridor of the Pacific Motorway in the PM peak
    • $30,000 for the city to Beenleigh northbound corridor of the Pacific Motorway in the PM peak.
  • The Logan Motorway is already subject to moderate levels of congestion.

Road networks 2031 predictions

  • The daily cost of congestion in 2031 in the AM peak includes:
    • $235,000 for the Beenleigh to city northbound corridor of the Pacific Motorway
    • $101,000 for Beaudesert to North Logan northbound corridor of the Mt Lindesay Hwy
    • $100,000 for the Loganholme to Mt Gravatt northbound corridor of the Pacific Motorway.
  • In the 2031 PM peak, these roads will have a daily cost of congestion of:
    • $183,000 for the city to Beenleigh southbound corridor of the Pacific Motorway
    • $75,000 for the north Logan to Beaudesert southbound corridor – Mt Lindesay Hwy
    • $69,000 for the Mt Gravatt to Loganholme southbound corridor of the Pacific Motorway
    • $71,000 for the Beenleigh to city northbound corridor of the Pacific Motorway.
  • Population growth in Brisbane’s southern suburbs will drive increasing congestion on the Pacific Motorway. The corridor south of Eight Mile Plains can expect a 25% increase in traffic volumes by 2031.
  • By 2031 the Mount Lindesay Highway is also expected to carry traffic volumes well above its design capacity as a consequence of population growth. This could mean delays of 73 minutes per vehicle in the AM peak and 56 minutes per vehicle in the PM peak.

Public transport networks

  • More significant crowding can be expected on buses further from the city, particularly on routes that serve areas outside rail catchments [we note that Salisbury to Beaudesert passenger rail has no set delivery timeframes].
  • Bus services from Springwood, Browns Plains and surrounding areas will have high demand by 2031 [we are advocating to extend the South East Busway to Loganholme].

The #FairShare4Logan campaign will keep Logan’s needs front of mind for major decision-makers in the Australian and Queensland Governments.