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Road Safety Policy fact sheets

Transport and Main Roads has produced a series of fact sheets, which are designed to assist project managers, engineers and designers to implement 13 interim safety standards, in accordance with Queensland's Road Safety Policy (2018).

The safety standards are default requirements, on the state-controlled road network across Queensland, unless justification is documented in a planning report or design exception.

They address key safety issues on Queensland's road network with proven countermeasures that are considered good practice in the design and construction of safer road infrastructure to proactively reduce the risk of fatal and serious injury crashes.

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[The following table is reproduced, with amendment, from Road Safety Policy Appendix A: Safety Intervention and Improvement Guidelines]

Safety Issue Safety Standards Factsheet No. Factsheet
Motorcyclists All new installations of road safety barriers (and terminals) shall be fitted with motorcyclist injury countermeasures (such as underrun) suitable to the barrier type. 1

RSP Fact Sheet_01_Motorcyclists


Vulnerable users In all urban environments and where demand exists or may develop in a rural environment, projects will include provisions for pedestrians, cyclists and people with a disability, including footpaths and crossings. Appropriate speed limits in areas of high pedestrian and cyclist use as per Queensland's Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) Part 4 2  RSP Fact Sheet_02_Vulnerable Road Users

Vulnerable users

Intersection - Pedestrian - Pedestrian crossings Pedestrian crossings to be provided on all approaches at signalised intersections. Pedestrian crossing protection (delayed start to vehicle movements) is required. 3  RSP Fact Sheet_03_Intersection - Pedestrian - Pedestrian Crossings

Intersection - Pedestrian - Pedestrian crossings

Intersection - Pedestrian - Slip lanes Unsignalised left turn slip lanes should generally be avoided at intersections unless signalised with pedestrian protection. 4  RSP Fact Sheet_04_Intersection - Pedestrian - Slip Lanes

Intersection - Pedestrian - Slip lanes

Intersection - Urban - Filter right turns New and upgraded signalised intersections must have protected right turn lanes on the major road. Filtered green arrows for right turns to be excluded unless justified through a risk assessment. 5  RSP Fact Sheet_05_Intersection - Urban - Filter Right Turns

Intersection - Urban - Filter right turns

Intersection - Rural - Channelised right turns Auxiliary Right Turn Lanes will be replaced with at least a short Channelised Right Turn (CHR(s)). 6  RSP Fact Sheet_06_Intersection - Rural - Channelised Right Turns

Intersection - Rural - Channelised right turns

Intersection - Rural - Left turn lanes

Where a high volume of left turning traffic is present on high speed rural roads, sight lines must not be obscured for traffic entering from the minor road.

Depending on sight lines and traffic volumes, left turn lanes may need to be repositioned or channelised. Side road throat widths should be considered for widening to allow Stop/Give way lines to be brought as far forward towards edge of shoulder as possible, with appropriate sealed area for design vehicle turning path.

7  RSP Fact Sheet_07_Intersection - Rural - Left Turn Lanes

Intersection - Rural - Left turn lanes

Head on - Rural Rural roads with Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) greater than 4000 vehicles per day should have a Wide Centre Line Treatment (WCLT) and Audible Tactile Line Marking (ATLM). 8  RSP Fact Sheet_08_Head on - Rural

Head on - Rural

Head on - All roads

For all divided roads with posted speed greater than or equal to 80 kilometres per hour, medians will be clear of all hazards unless protected by roadside barrier.

For all divided roads with posted speed greater than or equal to 80 kilometres per hour with Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) greater than 10,000 vehicle per day, physical separation by median barrier is required.

9  RSP Fact Sheet_09_Head on - All Roads

Head on - All roads

Run off road - Rural Audible Tactile Line Markings (ATLM) will be installed on edge lines and centre lines on all rural roads with sealed shoulders greater than 0.5 metres and a history of fatigue related crashes. 10  RSP Fact Sheet_10_Run off road - Rural

Run off road - Rural

Line marking - All roads All new permanent line marking shall be cold applied plastic. 11  RSP Fact Sheet_11_Line marking - All Roads 

Line marking - All roads

Rest areas and stopping bays On rural roads, ensure there are stopping bays every 30 kilometres. Rest areas to be provided every 80 kilometres. 12  RSP Fact Sheet_12_Rest Areas and Stopping Bays

Rest areas and stopping bays


On all motorway upgrades, provision must be made for speed enforcement. In particular, the works must design to accommodate:

  • point-to-point camera infrastructure, including provision of footings with associated structures and electrical supply, suitably placed for enforcement during operation.
  • provide for the construction of enforcement pads/bays for use by enforcement cameras encompassing electrical power supply with concrete base at appropriate locations during and at the completion of construction.
13  RSP Fact Sheet_13_Enforcement



Last updated
16 May 2022