Work has started on one of Brisbane’s worst rail crossings Robinson Rd, Geebung.
The $199 million overpass should end the intersection’s regular number one ranking on RACQ’s Red Spot Survey when completed in late 2014. State Member for Nudgee Jason Woodforth said there would be significant time and cost savings. “The record so far that I know of is eight trains, but consistently you’ll get three or four before you get through,” he said. “People use Ellison Rd and others as a result and this will bring people back to the road that the traffic’s meant to be on.”
He said the intersection was so bad that roughly every six months the boom gates had to be replaced after accidents at a cost of $5000 each. A joint project between Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Government, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said during peak hour it would save up to 15 minutes for drivers. Transport Minister Scott Emerson said they were on track for the project to be delivered on time. “I think locals would think that the end of 2014 is far too late they would have liked to have seen it many years earlier. The fact is it took a partnership between the LNP Government and the Brisbane City Council,” Mr Emerson said.
Source: www.couriermail.com.au (15 May 2013)