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Northern Transitway

Overview:

The Northern Transitway is a cost-effective solution to provide a high-quality public transport corridor which will support high frequency on-road bus services and enable reliable travel times, encouraging more people to use public transport and assist in managing congestion by separating buses from general traffic.

The Northern Transitway will deliver targeted bus priority from Kedron to Chermside, improving the safety and capacity of this important link in Brisbane’s northern public transport network.

 
Location:

The Northern Transitway is a 2.3km corridor along Gympie Arterial Road between Sadlier Street, Kedron and Hamilton Road, Chermside.

Benefits:
  • A safer, more efficient public transport system for Brisbane north side customers, by separating buses from general traffic.
  • More reliable and improved travel times for bus customers along the corridor.
  • A facility to support high frequency bus services.
  • Improvements to footpaths along the corridor. 
Funding:

The project is part of the Passenger Transport Infrastructure Investment Program (PTIIP). The PTIIP aims to deliver critical enabling infrastructure to achieve a connected, integrated network that offers value to customers and makes public transport an attractive option for everyone.

Regions:
Metropolitan Region

Project info

The Northern Transitway will support high frequency and reliable bus services along Gympie Arterial Road, encouraging more people to use public transport and assist in managing congestion by separating buses from general traffic.

Based on the feedback received during consultation, TMR has made the following changes to the proposed design:

  • Operating hours – bus lanes on the Northern Transitway will operate during peak hours only on weekdays. The AM peak period is from 6am to 9am, and the PM peak period is from 3pm to 6pm, Monday to Friday. Local businesses and their customers will have on-street parking available along Gympie Road outside of peak periods and on weekends. During the hours of operation, the bus lanes will become a 'clearway' and vehicles will not be permitted to park or stop along this section of Gympie Road (for more information on 'clearway' signage visit www.qld.gov.au/transport/safety/signs/regulatory).
  • Bus stops near Coles – two bus stops on Gympie Road near Coles (Kedron), at the Strathmore and Castle Streets intersection will be retained in the final design. This means bus customers will still be able to use these stops and will also benefit from access to the proposed higher frequency bus services.
    While retaining these stops will slightly decrease the efficiency of the transitway, the impact is considered minimal in comparison to the overall benefit of retaining the stops for the local community and public transport customers.
  • Local access changes - new traffic signals will be installed at the intersection of Gympie Road and Boothby Street, including a dedicated right-turn lane and U-turn facility. These signals will provide:
    • Reduction in the volume of traffic required to make a U-turn at the Rode Road and Kitchener Road intersections, allowing the capacity of through traffic on Gympie Road to be preserved at these intersections.
    • Signalised right-turn into Boothby Street, which will provide safer access for the businesses in the light-industrial precinct, and for local residents as well.
    • Improved opportunity for some residents to enter and exit local streets, including Childers, Lawley and Mellor Streets.
    • Providing additional traffic signals will have minimal impact on the efficiency of traffic and will improve access for local residents and businesses.

Read more about the Northern Transitway consultation in the Northern Transitway Consultation Summary Report

Next Steps

The design for the Northern Transitway is now final, and construction tenders will be released in the coming months with construction expected to start in late 2020. 

The detailed service planning of the bus network will continue to be refined and feedback provided during the consultation period is being considered. This includes final route alignments and stopping patterns to ensure that we can best service the passengers who utilise these services while still ensuring that we are able to gain the significant benefits to be realised by the Northern Transitway.

TMR will continue to update the community about the Northern Transitway project via distributing notifications to residents and businesses along the project alignment, via email, and updating the web page. 

To stay informed about the Northern Transitway and to be added to the project email list, you can email the Project Team at NorthernTransitway@tmr.qld.gov.au or call 07 3066 4338 during business hours.

For public transport information, download the MyTransLink app, visit translink.com.au or call 13 12 30.

 

Community info

Contact details

Email: NorthernTransitway@tmr.qld.gov.au
Phone: 07 3066 4338
Post: Department of Transport and Main Roads
Metropolitan Region
PO Box 70
Spring Hill Qld 4000

 

Media gallery

Northern Transitway factsheet September 2019

Northern Transitway Community Update February 2020

Northern Transitway Consultation Summary Report

Last updated
18 March 2020