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Lytton Road is Wide Enough

Principal Petitioner Ian Curr, Camp Hill
Date Closed Fri, 20 Apr 2018 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 9 signatures

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Residents draw to the attention of Council that the 'Wynnum Road corridor upgrade' is an unwanted high-rise development in the guise of roadworks; more land is being acquired than needed for extra traffic lanes. The 2009 WorleyParsons feasibility study challenges Brisbane City Council's assumption that widening Lytton Road will reduce traffic congestion. The most optimistic figures suggest the project will cut only two minutes off the journey to the CBD. There are new bottlenecks being created by the project – one of them is at Canning Bridge.

Your petitioners, therefore, request an immediate moratorium on the 'Wynnum Road corridor upgrade Stage 1' and that Council proceed no further. We request that Council:

1. save Mowbray Park, its trees and adjoining cottage from encroachment by Council road widening

2. adopt a coordinated traffic/infrastructure plan for this corridor (rather than the current piecemeal approach) which would:

a) consider traffic implications for residents and schools

b) ensure consideration of design features to facilitate active transport options consistent with Council's stated objectives:

i. peak hour dedicated bus/taxi lanes

ii. pedestrian/cycle bridge across Lytton Road to link the suburb to the river and facilitate public transport uptake

iii. maintain current number of bus stops

iv. construct bus stop indents to enhance traffic flow

3. refer the matter to Crime and Corruption Commission Queensland to investigate the propriety of the loss of heritage, change of purpose of Mowbray Park, and wholesale resumptions.

Council response

Thank you for your petition objecting to the Wynnum Road corridor upgrade.

The Wynnum Road corridor upgrade Stage 1 project is part of Council’s commitment to more than 90 road improvement projects to take real action on congestion, by focusing on a range of solutions to improve the existing road network, getting residents home quicker and safer

Council has completed an investigation and considered your request. It was decided that the petitioners be advised of the following information. 

Mowbray Park 

Council has worked to minimise the impact Stage 1 works will have on Mowbray Park, with road widening affecting a small portion of the park fronting Lytton Road. 

Council is also undertaking an extensive array of landscaping works as part of the Stage 1 project. All new pathways will be lined with street trees, in keeping with the leafy character of the area, and additional land near Eskgrove Street and other areas within the project scope will be converted to open space as part of the upgrade, resulting in no net loss of parkland. More than 20,000 new plants, including over 300 trees, will be planted throughout the Stage 1 project area by the end of construction in early 2020. 

The visual amenity of the corridor has been carefully considered by Council to take into account all aspects of the development, and designed to achieve the best outcome for not only road users, cyclists and pedestrians, but for local residents as well. 

As the park is listed on the Queensland Heritage Register, Council has received the appropriate approvals from the Queensland Government’s State Assessment Referral Agency (SARA) for the works within Mowbray Park as part of the upgrade. 

SARA set out conditions that Council is required to follow, and the landscaping plan for the impacted area of Mowbray Park was developed in accordance with these conditions. 

Council’s original planning application to SARA set a limited area of works to the park, that being the area immediately adjacent to Lytton Road, and did not include additional areas to be cleared outside the project limits. However, SARA stipulated in their approval three conditions involving clearing which were outside the project limits. 

Following community feedback, Council has written to SARA to request the reconsideration of these conditions and whether they can be removed so that this vegetated area can remain as it is. SARA has replied, advising that the two conditions requiring removal of the under storey areas have been removed from their approval. However, SARA did not agree to the removal of their third condition, which requires the hedging adjoining the pathway east of the War Memorial be removed and replaced with turf.

80 Lytton Road 

The Wynnum Road corridor upgrade Stage 1 project land acquisition process is being managed by Council’s Land Acquisition Team in accordance with the Acquisition of Land Act 1967

Forty-nine private properties were impacted by the Stage 1 widening works; 45 were fully acquired and four had a partial acquisition. The properties acquired are a mixture of residential (houses, units and townhouses) and commercial properties. The properties removed were not listed on Council’s Heritage Register or the Queensland Heritage Register. 

80 Lytton Road, East Brisbane, was one of the properties fully acquired in late 2017 to facilitate the Wynnum Road corridor upgrade Stage 1 project. 

This building was not identified on Council’s Heritage Register or the Queensland Heritage Register, or on the pre-1911 overlay under Brisbane City Plan 2014. It was a small cottage that previously was operating as a dental surgery.

The building at 80 Lytton Road was required to be removed to allow the curve of Lytton Road, at the Heidelberg Street intersection, to be realigned to improve safety as well as widening to accommodate additional traffic lanes and provide for the dedicated pedestrian and cycle paths. 

The Heidelberg Street intersection on Lytton Road has been identified as substandard. The tightness of the curve radius combined with the narrow lane widths means that vehicles, particularly large vehicles, can deviate from their designated lane. This results in vehicles swerving into adjacent lanes and increases the risk of vehicles rolling over. A major accident occurred on 3 April 2013, involving a garbage truck and five cars at the Heidelberg Street intersection, resulting in the hospitalisation of four people and disruption to traffic for seven hours, including the afternoon peak period. 

In January 2018, Fulton Hogan engaged a qualified structural engineer to undertake an independent structural assessment of the building to assess its condition, determine suitability for relocation and to investigate suitable work methodologies. The structural assessment determined that, should the building be relocated, there would be a risk of structural failure due to the age, condition and unknown characteristics of the structural parts of the building. As such, given the complexities, logistics and significant impacts associated with relocating the building, including the overnight closure of Lytton Road to lift out the building due to the ground and road level difference, the building was removed in early 2018. 

Traffic implications and investigations 

Currently, the Wynnum Road corridor carries more than 56,000 vehicles per day. As a key arterial road for Brisbane's eastern suburbs, its upgrade is part of Council's long-term strategy to ensure an efficient network for the city and has been discussed for many years prior to the formal announcement of Stage 1 in 2014. This vital upgrade will increase the road’s capacity to cater for the predicted future increase in traffic volumes. When the project is complete, travel times will be reduced for all vehicles, including buses, by 50% between Latrobe Street and Canning Bridge, during peak periods. 

According to the Queensland Government’s WebCrash data, between January 2016 and December 2017, there were 115 recorded accidents along the Wynnum Road corridor between Latrobe Street and Riding Road, including 101 incidents requiring medical treatment or hospitalisation. 

The existing lanes along Lytton Road are substandard and there are a number of unsafe right turn movements into side streets and private properties from Lytton Road. 

As part of the design process, Council undertook a range of investigations, including a road safety audit and traffic modelling, to determine the most appropriate configuration for the corridor upgrade. 

New traffic management measures as part of the upgrade will also help improve local access and safety to these streets including construction of a new signalised intersection on Lytton Road, between Scanlan Street and Laidlaw Parade, which will include pedestrian and cyclist crossing points and the option for westbound traffic to perform a U-turn to travel eastbound. 

The design has been developed in accordance with all relevant standards and guidelines and has been certified by a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland.

Following the completion of the project, Council will continue to monitor traffic movements to optimise the efficiency of the corridor.

Public and active transport

The Wynnum Road corridor upgrade Stage 1 project is designed to provide crucial improvements to public and active transport infrastructure in East Brisbane, which will make the area more accessible in the future. 

Lytton Road is considered a primary cycle route. As such, the Stage 1 project includes installing a new shared pathway in front of Mowbray Park and a designated three-metre-wide, two-way off-road bike path and dedicated footpath between Mowbray Park and Laidlaw Parade, with a separate 1.5-metre-wide pedestrian footpath. These paths will provide improved safety and convenience for both pedestrians and cyclists and improve active transport options in the area. Landscaping will be included adjacent to the new bike and footpaths in keeping with the area's existing character and provide shade, improving the amenity along Lytton Road for both pedestrians and cyclists.

The existing signalised pedestrian crossings at Latrobe Street and Heidelberg Street and the new signalised pedestrian crossing at the relocated Laidlaw Parade intersection will ensure sufficient crossing points for pedestrians to access the new dedicated footpath and off-road bike path, leading to Mowbray Park and Mowbray Park Ferry Terminal, as well as providing improved access to inbound and outbound bus stops.

The Wynnum Road corridor is a major route for bus services, carrying 201 in-service buses per day with six major routes using the corridor. Rationalising and indenting bus bays within the Stage 1 area has been part of the project since the concept design was announced and released in the October 2014 community newsletter.

Once the Stage 1 project is complete, all bus stops along Lytton Road between Latrobe Street and Canning Bridge will be indented to reduce the impact on traffic flow and improve overall traffic efficiency along the corridor. 

Patronage is considered as part of the spacing requirements and because the stops along this section of Wynnum Road have high usage, it is important to achieve the spacing of 400 to 700 metres to ensure efficient movement of buses through the corridor and enhance the service reliability and travel times for all road users in the Wynnum Road corridor.

The bus stops in the project area will be upgraded to achieve compliance with the standards defined in the Disability Discrimination Act 1992. The proposed changes to bus stops as part of the Wynnum Road corridor upgrade are considered appropriate.

The option to include a dedicated bus lane was presented to the community in 2014 as part of a local resident survey sent to 40,000 households along the corridor. The majority of residents who responded to the survey preferred the new lanes to be delivered as general traffic lanes.

As Wynnum Road is a high frequency bus network which services a large area and where there are bus stops within 400 metres of each other, bus network efficiency and reliability is compromised. The Wynnum Road corridor upgrade project provides an opportunity to rationalise and indent some bus stops in the network to ensure efficient and reliable bus network and road network operations.

Referral to the Crime and Corruption Commission Queensland

Land acquisition for the Stage 1 project has been undertaken in accordance with the Acquisition of Land Act 1967. All relevant legislative procedures have been adhered to throughout the project and all relevant state and local government approvals have been obtained. Council does not consider that there are any grounds for a referral to the Crime and Corruption Commission Queensland (CCCQ). The CCCQ can be contacted at GPO Box 3123, Brisbane QLD 4001, or at www.ccc.qld.gov.au