Reduce the speed limit on Montague Road between Jane and Drake Streets

Principal Petitioner Peter Young, West End
Date Closed Thu, 16 May 2019 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 112 signatures

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Residents draw to the attention of Brisbane City Council the high risk of pedestrian and cyclist injury and fatalities along the stretch of Montague Road between Jane Street and Drake Street. There has been a rapid and significant increase in traffic volumes along this stretch of road, related to large scale unit developments to the west of Montague Road. As a result of this large scale development there has also been a commensurate increase in pedestrian and cyclist usage of this road, and those of us who live in this community can see the significant risks that this combination has created. Each day school children cross this road to and from the West End State School and to State High. Parents cross this road with young toddlers and babies travelling to and from child care centres, shops, and other facilities. Students and commuters cycle along Montague Road travelling to and from work, school, university, or college. And West End residents cross Montague Road to access the growing number of shops and recreation facilities in this developing area of West End. These pedestrians and cyclists take their lives in their hands each day as they contend with high volumes of cars, trucks and delivery vehicles travelling at 60kph along a roadway designed for much smaller volumes of vehicles. We believe that serious accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists are inevitable unless changes are made right away.

Given the high risk right now of accidents and fatalities, your petitioners request a quick and simple intervention to immediately reduce the risks of injury and death, while longer term solutions are found to this issue. Many West End residents would prefer that the speed limit for this road be reduced to 40kph, to make it a truly pedestrian and cyclist friendly space. However we appreciate that such a reform would test existing Council policies, and this scale of change may not be able to be adopted as quickly as we believe is needed, given the urgency of the problem. Your petitioners therefore request that Council immediately reduce the speed limit for Montague Road south from Jane Street to 50kph. We do not consider this alone to be sufficient to provide the level of safety and amenity required, and we further request that Council commence work to examine the feasibility of further lowering the speed limit for this stretch of road to 40kph. However we ask that you act quickly by reducing the speed limit now to 50kph. We believe that urgent change is needed now, in order to save lives.

Council response

Thank you for your petition requesting Council urgently reduce the speed limit on Montague Road, West End, between Jane and Drake Streets, to 50 km/h and investigate further speed limit reductions.

Council has previously requested an independent speed limit review on Montague Road, West End, which occurred in November 2016. This review was conducted in accordance with the Queensland Government’s Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices and following careful consideration, it was recommended that the 60 km/h speed limit be retained due to the road’s characteristics and function in the local traffic network. However, Council is aware of localised changes occurring in the area around Montague Road and given the length of time since the previous review, Council will undertake another formal speed limit review on Montague Road, between Jane and Drake Streets, to determine if any changes are required.

In response to the changes occurring throughout the area, Council has made a number of safety improvements on the corridor. Following community consultation in February 2017, Council programmed the installation of two pedestrian refuge islands on Montague Road. The first was located north-east from Rogers Street and the second is north from Harriet and Kurilpa Streets. These facilities accompanied upgrading kerb ramps, footpath sections, line marking and signage. These works were completed in May 2018.

Council has also recently converted a section of both Victoria and Skinner Streets from Montague Road to Beattie Street into a one-way configuration. By doing this, right turns into Victoria and Skinner Streets from Montague Road and all turns out of Victoria and Skinner Streets have been removed, reducing the complexity and congestion of the intersection for both pedestrians and motorists.

In addition, Council installed traffic signals and associated pedestrian crossings, kerb ramps and on road cycle lanes at the intersection of Montague Road and Vulture Street in December 2018, which has provided additional pedestrian crossing options on Montague Road.

Council has recently announced funding of $4.3 million in its 2019-20 budget to upgrade the intersection of Montague Road and Victoria Street with traffic signals.

Council recognises the importance of Montague Road for people riding bicycles, recently installing bicycle lanes as part of the Montague Road and Vulture Street intersection upgrade. Council is currently completing a review of the active transport network plan which will assess key bicycle corridors, including Montague Road and Riverside Drive as a parallel route, to identify opportunities for improving network connectivity and safety. The review will consider the function of each of the bicycle corridor alignments to determine what supporting infrastructure is required.

Thank you for raising this matter.