Brisbane fleets set for safer journey

Fleet services in Brisbane will soon experience the same benefits as their Melbourne cousins, with the announcement from the state government that the city's two significant open level crossing replacement projects are almost completed.

The projects on Brisbane's north side have cost close to $300 million, supported by joint funding from the state governments and local council. Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson - speaking from one of the project sites at Geebung​ - explained it was important to unclog theseareas of Brisbane.

"These road projects will make it quicker and safer for motorists to get to work in the morning and home again at the end of the day," he said.

"Both these open level crossings are notorious sites and already these projects are making vast improvements to congestion and road safety on the north side."

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk revealed the last pieces of resurfacing work is currently underway on Robinson Road West, Railway Parade and Newman Road at Geebung and should be opened to motorists in August, three months ahead of schedule. He said the other project, in Bracken Ridge, will be finished by October.

The more complex, but cheaper Bracken Ridge infrastructure recently opened up the southern lanes of the overpass, which have significantly improved road safety and congestion already. When the northern lanes are completed in a couple of months, fleet services will experience the full benefits of removing the level crossing.

According to Queensland Rail, there are 17 collisions a year between motorists and trains at rail level crossings. These sorts of statistics are prompting governments and councils around Australia to consider alternative measures to keep fleets and trains separate.

"Council prioritised the delivery of these important open level crossing overpass bridges to bring vital safety improvements and congestion relief to motorists," Mayor Quirk concluded.