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Brisbane Entertainment Centre bottleneck has a solution, says planner

It took patrons up to an hour to get out of the Brisbane Entertainment Centre's car park after Bruce Springsteen's recent show.

It took patrons up to an hour to get out of the Brisbane Entertainment Centre's car park after Bruce Springsteen's recent show. Photo: Harrison Saragossi

A 28-year-old plan to build an exit from the Gateway Motorway straight to the Brisbane Entertainment Centre could help solve the access problems to the city's main entertainment venue.

But the state government has ruled that option out.

The original plan for the Boondall Entertainment Centre showed extra exits from the Gateway Motorway for traffic from the south, directly into Melaleuca Drive.

Another option was for the exit for traffic from the Gateway Motorway to go to the next roundabout along Bicentennial Road and then go into the current entrance to Boondall.

However, that would mean traffic would have to go through a section of the Boondall Wetlands which a planning source was now dry and had been impacted by early work to build a football stadium at the site.

The source told Fairfax Media the original planned improvements to the Gateway Motorway were now needed, because of the lengthy delays getting in and out of the BEC.

They said the only existing access to the BEC from the Gateway Motorway was from the roundabout at the Boondall Wetlands.

Here, traffic from the south met traffic from the north and continual bottlenecks resulted on Bicentennial Road.

"So everybody that is coming from the south has to give way to the traffic that has come in from the north," the source said.

Planners had always suggested better access to the BEC from the Gateway Motorway.

"If you go down the motorway to the south, there was supposed to be an off-ramp that came off the motorway, through the scrub and onto Melaleuca Drive firstly," the source said on condition of anonymity.

"And even a second one, closer to the existing roundabout, that ran directly into the roundabout that feeds into the stadium.

"So if you pulled all the traffic coming from the south off the freeway, before it gets to the current roundabout, and going into Melaleuca Drive or the second roundabout, then all the traffic coming from the north would just flow through straight away.

"And the traffic from the south would flow in, with neither of them intersecting."

A spokesman for Transport Minister Scott Emerson said improvements to the Boondall Wetlands roundabout were being made as the Gateway North project began.

"The state and federal governments will deliver a $1.3 million upgrade of the Gateway North, including widening the motorway from four to six lanes from Nudgee to Bracken Ridge and incorporate modifications to the Bicentennial Road interchange, including extended on and off-ramps," the spokesman said.

"Improvements to access for the precinct are a matter for the stadium owners."

Boondall Entertainment Centre is a state-government owned facility that is run by Stadiums Queensland, part of Minister Steve Dickson's Recreation, Sport and Racing portfolio.

Stadiums Queensland did not answer questions about what options for improvement it had requested to the Transport Department to improve traffic access to the BEC.

Mr Emerson's spokesman said there were "no plans" for another access point off the Gateway Motorway to service the facility.

"However the Gateway North project will look at ways to improve traffic flow for the existing on and off ramps at Bicentennial Road," he said.

14 comments

  • As far as traffic management FAILS go, the govt broke the mould with BEC

    Commenter
    Brian
    Date and time
    March 15, 2014, 7:14AM
    • About 28 years overdue, but my cynical sensors detect that just like the fact the centre has multiple exits, they herd people only out the front door. Methinks they'll just do the same and keep herding all the cars out through Bicentennial Drive. But typical, let's just build more and more roads, instead of offering bus services or further trains on the nights of any events, thus cutting down on the number of cars travelling there. That would surely cost much less than building more roads. Or better yet, build a proper venue with proper acoustics for concerts, preferably somewhere we can get to with public transport.

      Commenter
      Jane
      Location
      Brisbane
      Date and time
      March 15, 2014, 8:00AM
      • Too true Jane. This is just typical of the dumb thinking of Emerson and the LNP.

        Unquestionably a rail spur line to the front door of the EntCent is the best option for the greatest number of people given the location of the Boondal station. That and bus shuttles from select locations. Not from the LNP though. Too smart an idea for them to come up with.

        Emerson and the LNP never think outside the box. Never do anything innovative or best practice, just the same old traffic-congesting rubbish year in, year out.

        It's just depressing how stupid this crowd can be. It's as if they've never emerged from the 1950's.

        Commenter
        Back To The 1950's With Emerson
        Location
        Albion
        Date and time
        March 15, 2014, 9:10AM
    • Transport Minister Emerson is clearly ignoring lessons from the past, particularly 'more roads inevitably means more traffic' & 'selective widening only moves congestion someplace else'. Whatever do these clowns actually do on their so called 'fact finding' junkets ?? The potential for damage to Boondall Wetlands hasn't even entered into his consciousness.

      Commenter
      Yes Minister
      Location
      Woop Woop
      Date and time
      March 15, 2014, 8:06AM
      • In 2013 I went to BEC 3 times in three weeks. Neil Young and Springsteen x 2. This year I went to Dr Who and Springsteen in February. I remember these events more than the waiting to get to and from the event. Yes it would be good to get away quicker but it was also a good come down from the concerts to sit and wait in queue and discuss the evening. If anything they need more police with cars doing illegal manoeuvres through the bush to Shortcut the queues. Just sayin

        Commenter
        BruceFan
        Date and time
        March 15, 2014, 10:43AM
        • How about we worry about fixing the daily 3pm to 6pm mess before anything else?

          Commenter
          Daily Driver
          Location
          Brisbane
          Date and time
          March 15, 2014, 12:52PM
          • BEC 28 years old! About time it was pulled down, land sold to developers and a new shed built elsewhere in a position that is only suitable for a few.

            Commenter
            Watcher
            Location
            Brisbane
            Date and time
            March 15, 2014, 1:11PM
            • After a couple of concerts at Boondall we never went back again. It took an hour to get out of the carpark then we had an hour and a quarter drive home. We won't ever go back until they fix this chaotic situation.

              Commenter
              LuckyCountry
              Location
              Southport
              Date and time
              March 15, 2014, 2:01PM
              • What rubbish. Go and stand at the entrance to BEC during the start of an event. It is the queues back from the manual ticket sales and the poor internal circulation within the BEC, not the access from the motorway that is the problem. Stadiums Queensland need to get into the 21st Century and 1. automate ticketing for parking, 2. redesign the internal circulating roads to prevent or reduce the need for cars and pedestrians to interact.

                Sounds like someone trying to get someone else to fix their problem.

                Commenter
                Ginger beer
                Date and time
                March 15, 2014, 2:44PM
                • The whole place should be relocated into the centre of tone and the existing facility turned into housing or parkland. Having 15000 people travel to the outskirts of town for events is backwards planning. There's also no business out there like restaurants and bars that get the spin off affects. It's really bad economics despite how successful the place is.

                  Commenter
                  Brad
                  Date and time
                  March 15, 2014, 2:53PM

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