In 2014, Council acted on local resident's feedback to remove 50% of the traffic calming platforms on Thurston and Castlerea Streets, to improve traffic flows and reduce the impact on bus services.
While feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, I did want to ensure that we had an opportunity to review the traffic counts after the revised traffic calming had been in operation for some time.
Brisbane City Council recently conducted a traffic count and origin/destination survey on Loughrea Street, to ascertain whether rat running had increased in the time since we removed the traffic calming from adjacent streets.
The data shows that overall traffic volumes on Loughrea Street and other lower order roads in the area have actually reduced since we removed traffic calming on Thurston and Castlerea Streets.
Traffic volumes on Loughrea and others are now lower than they were in 2013, when surveys were taken to remove the traffic calming.
I have made the results of the survey available below.
Given that there are other pressing infrastructure needs in the suburb, like the Belmont Road/Manly Road intersection, I don’t propose to revisit this issue in the near term.