Works begin at Wilston black spot to improve safety

Media Release

DC011/2017

17 January 2017

Joint release with:

Graham Quirk

Brisbane City Council Lord Mayor

  • The intersection at Newmarket Road and Lamont Street is undergoing a major upgrade.
  • The project will improve safety, reduce traffic congestion and increase access across Brisbane's road network.
  • The $498,500 upgrade is being funded through the Australian Government's Black Spot Programme.

Works have commenced at the Newmarket Road and Lamont Street intersection at Wilston, with the upgrade set to rectify one of Brisbane's most notorious intersections.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Australian government was investing $498,500 to upgrade the intersection with new traffic signals.

“The upgrade is one of nine black spot upgrades in Brisbane's CBD funded under the Black Spot Programme for 2016–17,” Mr Chester said.

“The Black Spot programme is a central component of the Australian Government's commitment to improving road safety around the country.

“There were 1,300 people killed on the roads last year, an increase of 7.9 per cent compared to 2015. This is simply unacceptable.”

Federal Member for Brisbane Trevor Evans welcomed the upgrades to the busy intersection, with the works set to improve the local road network.

“In the five years to 2012, there were nine accidents recorded on this stretch of road due to poor sight lines for vehicles turning right from Lamont Road into Newmarket Road,” Mr Evans said.

“This project is a great example of how relatively small scale works can make a big difference to road safety in the area.”

Brisbane City Council Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the upgrade would also enhance safety for pedestrians travelling through the area.

“This project will involve installing new traffic signals with pedestrian crossings to assist motorists and pedestrians to safely travel through the intersection.

“Works are expected to be completed in late March, and I thank the community for its patience during construction.”

For more information on the Newmarket Road and Lamont Street intersection upgrade visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au