DEPUTY MAYOR, Councillor Adrian SCHRINNER, Chairman of the Infrastructure Committee, moved, seconded by Councillor Ian McKENZIE, that the report of the meeting of that Committee held on 11 March 2014, be adopted.
Chairman: Is there any debate? Deputy Mayor.
At that time, 3.11pm, the Deputy Chairman, Councillor Angela OWEN-TAYLOR, assumed the Chair.
DEPUTY MAYOR: Yes, Madam Chairman, I will come to the items on the agenda in a second, but I just wanted to address an issue that was raised by Councillor SUTTON in Question Time relating to the Wynnum Road Stage 1 upgrade. There seems to be a bit of confusion about what this upgrade actually involves, so I want to clarify exactly what this first stage will be.
The first stage—obviously Wynnum Road is a big corridor and will be upgraded no doubt in several stages. This first stage, which is what the LORD MAYOR has committed to rolling out, is around a $60 million project. To give you an idea of what's going on here, it is a relatively short section of road from the bridge at Norman Creek around to Shafston Avenue. So that section is entirely within Councillor ABRAHAMS' ward.
DEPUTY MAYOR: Yes, that's true. The interesting part is—and this will really give Councillors an idea on why this project is challenging—out of the $60 million, it is estimated that half of that will involve property resumptions, so around $30 million of that $60 million will be simply property resumptions. This gives you an idea of the challenges of this project. It is a very constrained corridor, and in order to do the widening and increase the capacity of the road, resumptions will be required.
Not all of those resumptions are full resumptions of property. Some are partial resumptions, but it will still be challenging, nonetheless. This significantly adds to the cost of the project. While we are investing $30 million into actually upgrading the road, another $30 million approximately—and these are obviously initial figures—is involved with acquiring property.
When you look at the further stages of Wynnum Road down the track, we will have the same problem. We are talking about very expensive property along that section of Wynnum Road. As you go into Councillor SUTTON's area, that property is also very expensive. So this makes a big challenge for us going forward. We cannot upgrade the road if we don't have enough space to physically do that, and that unfortunately will require some property resumptions. So I do appreciate Councillor SUTTON's ongoing support for this project, and I hope that Councillor ABRAHAMS also supports this project—
Deputy Chairman: Order!
DEPUTY MAYOR: As I said, it is one of those issues that we have to grapple with. We need to upgrade the road; unfortunately there will be property impacts, and those property impacts come at a cost as well.
Just to the report in front of us, item A is a presentation on the rollout of pedestrian countdown times (PCTs). I raised this last week in Council, something that I am very pleased Council has been rolling out, and something that is helping to contribute towards pedestrian safety, not only in the CBD but also other parts of the city as well that have high pedestrian volumes. This is a great initiative, and it goes hand-in-hand with our decision to reduce the speed limit in the CBD from 50 kilometres per hour to 40 kilometres per hour to help improve pedestrian and cyclist safety, and this is another, I guess, initiative that contributes towards a safer city for pedestrians.
We have three petitions on the agenda. One is objecting to a permanent road closure in Ellam Street, Windsor. The second one is requesting a pedestrian crossing on Network Drive, Wynnum West, and that petition response has been that we will be installing a pedestrian crossing. Item D is a petition requesting no additional traffic lights be installed along Waterworks Road, The Gap, between The Gap High School and Payne Road, The Gap.
This is an interesting one, because it portrays the dilemma that we often have where people are constantly coming to Council saying, you need to upgrade this intersection for safety reasons, and generally the solution to an intersection upgrade involves putting in traffic lights. We have a petition here saying don't put any more traffic lights in; we don't want any more traffic lights, there's too many.
So we have obviously got to find the right balance between safety and congestion, and that is a challenge on any corridor, but particularly in The Gap. The response to this particular petition is that we don't have any plans at this stage to put in any additional traffic lights, so I am sure the petitioners will take some heart from that response.
Deputy Chairman: Further debate; Councillor CUMMING.
Councillor CUMMING: Thank you, Madam Acting Chair; just briefly I refer to item C. This petition I think actually started with some of the students at Brisbane Bayside State College last year, and it was good that they showed some initiative in putting a petition together. The relevant Council department have consulted fully with me and I have taken it up with the school, and the administration of the school, to make sure it is what they wanted, and everyone is in agreement, and it is a very satisfactory response to a petition, which is good to see for a change. Thank you.
Deputy Chairman: Further debate; Councillor HOWARD.
Councillor HOWARD: Thank you very much, Madam Deputy Chairman; I would just like to enter the debate on item A, the committee presentation on the rollout of pedestrian countdown timers, and particularly because it is so important to residents within my Central Ward area. I would like to thank Councillor SCHRINNER and his team for the constant roll out of this program. Pedestrians, as we know, are a vulnerable road user group and represent a substantial proportion of relatively severe road trauma. So I am glad to be part of the LNP Administration that committed to trial the introduction of PCTs to improve pedestrian safety on our Brisbane roads.
As I said, residents in Central are very much aware through their ongoing use every day that the pedestrian countdown timers are the display next to the pedestrian lanterns that provide them with the additional information on signalised crossing, and that of course is helping them to make that decision about whether they cross or whether they wait. So it is very good to have read that the trial seems to be progressing very well.
I am also interested to see that the Roy Morgan Research demonstrated that 76 per cent of pedestrians think that the PCTs make it safer to cross the road. I am very pleased to see that this will continually be rolling out across the very busy pedestrian crossings in Central Ward. Thank you.
Deputy Chairman: Further debate; Councillor MARX.
Councillor MARX: Thank you, Madam Deputy Chair; I rise also to talk on the committee presentation of the rollout of pedestrian countdown timers. Like most of the Councillors here in the Chamber, we have all used the ones in the city and the Central Ward, so we are very well aware of how they work and what a useful and great piece of infrastructure they are.
I am happy to say that I will be getting two countdown timers in my ward in the near future. The first one is going to be located on the corner of Compton and Calam Roads at Sunnybank Hills. Most people who are aware of my ward will know that that is a pedestrian crossing that is used by numerous residents, because it is between two shopping centres. It goes from Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown on one side across to Calamvale Central on the other side, so there is a lot of pedestrian traffic going across there. So these are going to be really, really useful at that point, because Compton Road is virtually six lanes at that point. As Councillor HOWARD mentioned, pedestrians are our vulnerable road users.
The second place for location is going to be on the corner of Compton Road and Roosevelt Drive, Stretton. The average person walking or driving through this particular area would wonder why we would be putting a pedestrian countdown timer at this location. But I think it just reflects how well Councillor SCHRINNER and his Council officers know the area. They will know that one part of that area, which is Piccadilly Way, has 220 houses, and Roosevelt Drive, that area has well over 700 houses, and a lot of those residents that live in those particular areas would be using that pedestrian crossing at those lights to actually catch the bus into the city.
It is only a little wee bus stop but it is always well used by many, many residents, so once again that is a particular section of Compton Road, six lanes of traffic, very busy, and I think it is an excellent location, and I thank Councillor SCHRINNER and his officers for their work. Thank you.
Deputy Chairman: Further debate; Councillor KNAPP.
Councillor KNAPP: I would just like to speak on item D. It is interesting that, when Waterworks Road was upgraded between 2000 and 2004 as a transit lane project by the previous administration, the series of lights that go from Settlement Road through to Payne Road and there are four sets of lights—and indeed there was a petition requesting that we install lights at the corner of Glenaffric Street. Glenaffric Street is a very small street but it leads through to The Gap Sportsgrounds, and indeed it can be quite difficult and challenging sometimes to get out from that intersection.
At the time when the road was upgraded, there has been provision made for pedestrian signals at that point. What triggered really, I suppose, the previous request to install lights there is that there has been an application approved to put 33 units in one of the blocks in the shopping centre, and I suppose that caused people to go, well, it's difficult enough to get out now; there will be another 33 cars trying to get out. In reality, as the petition says by those people who were concerned that another set of lights within a spit of each other, literally, would mean that the flow from Settlement Road through to Payne Road, would face four sets of lights and would just bank congestion up quite badly.
It may be at some stage, but I doubt seriously, whether you would install lights at the corner of Glenaffric Street and Waterworks Road, given the number of lights through there. The critical lights that are needed are the lights to get into the shopping centre and, indeed, we have already done some of those wonderful little improvements in relation to widening the lane into The Gap Shopping Centre to improve the flow of traffic through there. So, I am quite happy to support this petition.
Deputy Chairman: DEPUTY MAYOR, would you care to sum up? No further debate? I will now put the report.
Upon being submitted to the Chamber, the motion for the adoption of the report of the Infrastructure Committee was declared carried on the voices.
The report read as follows
ATTENDANCE: Deputy Mayor, Councillor Adrian Schrinner (Chairman), Councillor Ian McKenzie (Deputy Chairman), and Councillors Margaret de Wit, Milton Dick, Victoria Newton and Norm Wyndham.
A COMMITTEE PRESENTATION – ROLLOUT OF PEDESTRIAN COUNTDOWN TIMERS
1. Adrian Gibbons, Traffic Signals Operations Manager, Congestion Reduction Unit, Brisbane Infrastructure Division, attended the meeting to provide an update on the rollout of Pedestrian Countdown Timers. He provided the information below.
2. In the lead-up to the 2012 Council elections, the Lord Mayor committed to trial the introduction of Pedestrian Countdown Timers (PCTs) to improve pedestrian safety on Brisbane roads. The PCTs increase safety by providing pedestrians an opportunity to judge their ability to cross a road safely and avoid taking unnecessary risks. The presenter noted that the popularity of the PCTs has increased in other cities, including Adelaide, due to the improved pedestrian information and safety.
3. Face-to-face intercept interviews were conducted with 1,170 pedestrians in 2012 by Roy Morgan Research. The survey results showed that 76 per cent of pedestrians think that the PCTs make it safer to cross the road, three per cent stated that the PCTs make it less safe, 84 per cent of pedestrians think that the PCTs are a useful addition to the intersection’s signals and 79 per cent of pedestrians agree that the PCTs should be rolled out to other intersections across Brisbane.
4. The design of the PCT was explained as follows:
- numerals countdown with the flashing Don’t Walk display
- numerals go blank after countdown has ended
- white (informational) colour numerals conform to Australian standards and do not contradict legal displays
- fits into the standard three aspect stack and is easy to mount.
5. The PCTs count down the time during the flashing red ‘Don’t Walk’ signal to advise pedestrians of the remaining time they have to safely finish crossing the road. The period of time that the green ‘Walk’ signal is displayed is variable upon the circumstances of the area.
6. PCTs have become popular for use in other major cities and countries to improve pedestrian information and safety. Images were shown of PCTs in use in New South Wales, Victoria, Auckland and Singapore.
7. A slide showing the 22 locations in the city, where the PCTs have already been installed, as part of this project, was displayed. An additional 11 PCTs are to be installed as part of the project in suburbs outside of the CBD, including Ashgrove, Fortitude Valley, Lutwyche, Sunnybank Hills, South Brisbane, The Gap, Woolloongabba and Windsor.
8. A slide, showing the 25 locations where PCTs have been installed as part of the LED upgrade program, was then displayed. A further 14 sites will have PCTs installed under the LED upgrade program by the end of the 2013-14 financial year.
9. Following a number of questions from the Committee, the Chairman thanked Mr Gibbons for his informative presentation.
10. RECOMMENDATION: THAT COUNCIL NOTE THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE ABOVE REPORT.
B PETITION – OBJECTION TO PERMANENT ROAD CLOSURE - ELAM ST, WINDSOR
11. A petition from residents of Elam Street and Seventh Avenue, Windsor, objecting to the application to permanently close a part of Elam Street, Windsor, was presented to the meeting of Council held on 7 May 2013, by Councillor Vicki Howard, and received.
12. The Manager, Transport Planning and Strategy Branch, Brisbane Infrastructure Division, supplied the following information.
13. The petition contains 25 signatures.
14. The petitioners were advising Council of their views on a road closure application that had been made to the Queensland Government’s Department of Natural Resources and Mines (case number 2013/001438) on 28 March 2013, citing concerns about a loss of amenity for the area and adverse impacts on access to the head petitioner’s property at 2 Elam Street.
15. The Department of Natural Resources and Mines is responsible for the administration of road closure applications under the Land Act (1994), Division 2. This includes receiving the application, seeking comment from Council under the City of Brisbane Act 2010, section 74, and making the final decision.
16. On 7 May 2013, Council advised the Department of Natural Resources and Mines that it objected to the proposed closure, stating that the road was required for its dedicated purpose, adding that the closure would adversely affect access into 2 Elam Street. Following this input, as well as other objections raised by the community, the Department refused the application on 26 July 2013.
17. As the head petitioner has also provided their objection directly to the Department of Natural Resources and Mines, he has received notification directly from the Department that the road closure application has been refused.
18. The Councillor for Central Ward, Councillor Vicki Howard, has been consulted and supports the recommendation.
Preferred option 19. It is the preferred option that the head petitioner be advised that Council provided input into the application to the Department of Natural Resources and Mines, and that the Department holds jurisdiction for approval of these types of applications.
20. The Manager therefore recommends as follows and the Committee agrees.
21. RECOMMENDATION: THAT THE HEAD PETITIONER BE ADVISED OF THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS REPORT, AND THAT COUNCIL ENDORSES THE PREFERRED OPTION ABOVE.
C PETITION – REQUESTING A PEDESTRIAN CROSSING ON NETWORK DRIVE, WYNNUM WEST, AT THE TOP GATES FOR BRISBANE BAYSIDE STATE COLLEGE
22. A petition, requesting Council to install a crossing for pedestrians on Network Drive, Wynnum West, outside the top gates at the eastern end of the Brisbane Bayside State College’s frontage to Network Drive, was presented to the meeting of Council held on 13 August 2013, by Councillor Peter Cumming, and received.
23. The Manager, Transport Planning and Strategy Branch, Brisbane Infrastructure Division, supplied the following information.
24. The petition contains 120 signatures.
25. Brisbane Bayside State College opened in 2010 and has around 1,000 students from Years 8 to 10, located on the south-eastern corner of Wynnum Road and Network Drive in Wynnum West.
26. Network Drive is a neighbourhood access road, which connected Wynnum Road to Randall Road in the east when it was completed in 2009. It is a two-lane road with on-street cycle lanes in each direction. There are no recorded crashes on this section of road given that the Brisbane Bayside State College and road layout are relatively recent and the head petitioner is unaware of any specific incidents to date.
27. A School Zone is in place from Wynnum Road to the west side of the Scanlon Crescent intersection. There is a pedestrian refuge near the Brisbane Bayside State College’s western car park and internal pick-up and drop-off area. There is a ‘No Stopping’ restriction on the south side of Network Drive within the School Zone and on the north side from Wynnum Road to approximately 60 metres east of the existing pedestrian refuge.
28. Traffic counts undertaken in April 2013 indicate that there is a high demand to cross Network Drive between the eastern school gate and Dasyure Place Park. This provides the most convenient pedestrian access on the northern side of the College for school students. The proposed location has 509 pedestrian and cyclist crossings movements throughout the day, compared to 65 at the existing refuge. Notably, the pedestrian volumes at the proposed location are above 100 for three hours. The existing location has a single 15 minute period where movements are above five pedestrians, with 36 movements recorded between 3pm and 3.15pm. Site observations confirm that there is a high demand to cross between the top gates and Dasyure Place Park.
29. Network Drive carries 1,878 vehicles per day on weekdays with typical school peak volumes being around 300 vehicles per hour in the morning peak period and 200 vehicles per hour in the afternoon peak period.
30. Assessment of the volumes indicates that a pedestrian refuge or ‘zebra’ crossing is a potential solution based on criteria of conflicting movements and the road environment. As a pedestrian refuge provides a high level of service, the State’s Traffic and Road Use Managements Manual’s guidelines for pedestrian facilities state that it should not be necessary to consider a ‘zebra’ crossing. However, the ‘zebra’ crossing does provide priority to pedestrians and would allow for any groups of students to cross simultaneously (though large groups have not been observed to cross in this manner).
31. The requested location for a crossing is the most active section of frontage on Network Drive for school traffic. Parents and carers are dropping-off and picking-up students in both peak periods, on both sides of the road despite the ‘No Stopping’ restriction on the south side. The provision of a ‘zebra’ crossing at this location would require a ‘No Stopping’ restriction on the north side in its vicinity to ensure visibility. There would be an approximate reduction in on-street parking of eight spaces on the north side and two spaces on the south side. This would however relocate current parking away from the current major pedestrian desire line. Therefore, this work is recommended as it provides a high level of pedestrian access, as well as removing on-street parking, which conflicts with the existing major pedestrian movements.
32. There is further pedestrian demand to cross between the north-west corner of the Network Drive and Scanlon Crescent intersection, and the driveway of 50 Network Drive, Wynnum West. This is located outside of the eastern end of the current School Zone. The entry into the School Zone from the east is marked with a pavement threshold treatment, however the signage is mostly obscured to motorists as a result of being on the inside of a curve in Network Drive, as well as a line of trees within the verge.
33. To ensure there is a high awareness of the School Zone, as a result of formalising pedestrian movements at the top gates with a ‘zebra’ crossing, it is recommended to also extend the School Zone by 60 metres to the east.
Funding 34. Funding would be required to be sought from Schedule 63 – Safe School Travel.
Consultation 35. The Councillor for Wynnum Manly Ward, Councillor Peter Cumming, has been consulted and supports the recommendation.
36. The recommendation addresses the petitioners’ concerns regarding student safety at their current location for crossing Network Drive, although it is in a different form to the ‘zebra’ crossing requested by the head petitioner.
Preferred option 37. It is the preferred option to provide a pedestrian ‘zebra’ crossing on Network Drive between the top gates to Brisbane Bayside State College and Dasyure Place Park, extend the school zone to the east and seek funding through the next available funding round of the Safe School Travel Program.
38. The Manager therefore recommends as follows and the Committee agrees.
39. RECOMMENDATION: THAT THE HEAD PETITIONER BE ADVISED OF THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS REPORT, AND THAT COUNCIL ENDORSES THE PREFERRED OPTION ABOVE.
D PETITIONS – REQUESTING NO ADDITIONAL TRAFFIC LIGHTS ALONG WATERWORKS ROAD, THE GAP, BETWEEN THE GAP HIGH SCHOOL AND PAYNE ROAD, THE GAP
CA14/11185 and CA14/14167
40. Two petitions from residents of Brisbane, requesting that Council restrict any increase in the number of traffic lights along Waterworks Road, The Gap, between The Gap High School and Payne Road, were received during the Summer Recess 2013-14.
41. The Manager, Transport Planning and Strategy Branch, Brisbane Infrastructure Division, supplied the following information.
42. The first petition contains 12 signatures, representing 10 households in The Gap, Bardon, Brisbane and Wooloowin. The second petition contains four signatures, representing three households in The Gap.
43. The petitioners are concerned about the number of traffic lights along Waterworks Road. At present, there are three intersections controlled by traffic lights on Waterworks Road between Pammay Street and Payne Road (approximately 900 metres):
- Waterworks Road and Pammay Street
- Waterworks Road and The Gap Village shopping centre driveway
- Waterworks Road and Payne Road.
44. There are a further two traffic lights immediately to the west of this section of Waterworks Road:
- Waterworks Road (mid-block pedestrian lights near The Gap Uniting Church)
- Waterworks Road and Illowra Street and Settlement Road.
45. Council currently has no proposals to install additional traffic lights at intersections along this section of Waterworks Road. However, traffic lights or other appropriate treatments may be considered in the future if necessary to ensure the public’s safety or to reduce congestion.
46. Commercial redevelopment of properties along Waterworks Road may also warrant traffic signals. The need for new traffic lights would be considered as part of Council’s development assessment process.
Consultation 47. The Councillor for The Gap Ward, Councillor Geraldine Knapp, has been consulted and supports the recommendation.
Preferred option 48. It is the preferred option that the petitioners be advised that Council does not presently propose traffic signals at new sites along Waterworks Road, The Gap, between The Gap High School and Payne Road. However, traffic lights may be considered at a future time if necessary to ensure public safety or to address congestion.
49. The Manager therefore recommends as follows and the Committee agrees.
50. RECOMMENDATION: THAT THE HEAD PETITIONERS BE ADVISED OF THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS REPORT, AND THAT COUNCIL ENDORSE THE PREFERRED OPTION ABOVE.