Mayors unite in fight for a safer Mt Lindesay Hwy
Published: 13 June 2016
Two South East Queensland mayors have united to demand a safer Mt Lindesay Highway.
City of Logan Mayor, Cr Luke Smith, and Scenic Rim Mayor, Cr Greg Christensen, today joined with Jimboomba residents to advocate for upgrading the major transport corridor.
The Mt Lindesay Highway through the high-growth area has been recognised by the Queensland Government and the RACQ as one of the most unsafe roads in Queensland.
The Queensland Government review (March 2016) found the highway had one of the highest crash rates in Queensland, with the lack of overtaking opportunities fuelling poor driver behaviour, tailgating, and speeding, especially through 40km/h school zones.
Every day at least 42,000 vehicles travel south on the highway, from Browns Plains towards the growing suburbs of Flagstone and Yarrabilba, interstate destinations, and growing industrial developments near the inland port of Bromelton, west of Beaudesert.
Mayor Smith said the transport network could no longer cope with increasing traffic volumes and lives were being put at risk.
“Over the past seven years, the Mt Lindesay Highway has had 16 fatalities and 174 crashes that required hospitalisation. When congestion gets really heavy, we’ve got children missing public transport connections and being stranded at bus stops,” Cr Smith said.
“There’s one way to fix it and that’s get a commitment from the Federal Government to upgrade the Mt Lindesay Highway to national status and prioritise its funding.”
“This is a major freight corridor and transport route that has many parts already at capacity. Local business, education and community leaders are joining us in calling on federal candidates to state their case – take our children’s lives seriously and fund these vital road improvements.”
Mayor Christensen said all levels of government needed to work together to get South East Queensland moving.
"What we are currently faced with is a sub-standard corridor that mixes freight, commuters and local traffic,” Cr Christensen said.
"It's a major highway, not a country byway, and the improvement of the route is not keeping pace with current growth and the projected population, creating real barriers to economic and employment opportunities.
"Governments need to think beyond Bardon and Bulimba when it comes to transport planning for the 'Brisbane network' and consider communities in the corridors to Beaudesert and Boonah, which are just over an hour from the city centre.
"Tens of thousands of people are moving into southern Logan and Scenic Rim. We need a genuine long-term solution, rather than Bandaids over Bandaids, with a turning lane here or a set of traffic lights there.
"All levels of government need to prioritise urgent upgrades to the Mt Lindesay Highway to address traffic bottlenecks, the continued duplication of the highway south of Park Ridge, and the progression of passenger rail from Salisbury to Beaudesert.
"Let's work together to get all of SEQ moving."
Logan City Council is hosting a community meeting on Thursday night, from 6.30pm to 8pm, at the Logan West Community Centre, 2 Wineglass Drive, Hillcrest. Concerned residents can also have their say and email candidates by visiting www.letsgetmoving.com.au or facebook Get Logan Moving.