For a number of years around Christmas time, residents in Brandella Place, Belmont have put up lights and displays as part of efforts to raise money for charity.
Abbeyfeale St, Tingalpa have also put up Christmas lights to celebrate this wonderful time of year.
These light displays are renowned across Brisbane as some of the city’s premier displays.
However, the popularity of the Christmas lights has led to major traffic congestion issues in recent years, as the volume of cars entering Brandella Place and Abbeyfeale Street queues back down the streets and subsequently spills out into surrounding streets.
In previous years, Council has erected ‘No Standing’ signs to alleviate illegal parking issues in the lead up to Christmas. This will continue and signs will be installed this week.
However, this year we will be taking the additional step of providing traffic management from 5pm to 10pm, from 19 December 2015 to Christmas Eve, 24 December 2015.
Eversholt Street and Cassandra Crescent will be closed to all non-local traffic. All non-local traffic will be redirected down Skye Street to the signalised intersection at Burstall Avenue and Belmont Road.
This solution will better manage the flow of traffic through the area, allowing pedestrian access to Brandella Place. Access will be maintained for local residents and those visitors with mobility issues.
The volume of cars entering Abbeyfeale Street queues back down Castlerea Street and Loughrea Street. This is compounded by the width of Abbeyfeale Street and fact that the street has two access points.
This year Abbeyfeale Street will be changed to one way (west to east). All non-local traffic will be redirected down Athlone Street and Thurston Street to enter Abbeyfeale Street via Loughrea Street.
This solution will better manage the flow of traffic through the area, whilst maintaining access to for local residents and emergency services.
I apologise in advance for any inconvenience these arrangements may have on your family.
I assure you the only reason Council is taking these drastic measures is to ensure safety and continued access for local residents.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!