Travel times to western suburbs along Legacy Way slashed by 10 minutes
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Travel times to western suburbs along Legacy Way slashed by 10 minutes

Bus passengers and motorists from Kenmore, Riverhills and Fig Tree Pocket can save 10 minutes from trips to and from the city after $60 million improvements to the Inner City Bypass were opened on Sunday.

A wider, four-lane section of the Inner City Bypass near the entrance of the Legacy Way tunnel now connects Brisbane’s western suburbs to the city.

Inner City Bypass is widened from three lanes to four lanes and a new ramp is added to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital to get more access to buses. 

Inner City Bypass is widened from three lanes to four lanes and a new ramp is added to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital to get more access to buses. 

The ICB has been widened from three lanes in this section, after Brisbane City Council sold it to Transurban in March 2017, meaning ratepayers contributed just $4 million to this project.

A new bus ramp was added from Bowen Bridge Road up to the Inner Northern Busway to improve access between the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital and the Inner City Bypass and Bowen Bridge Road.

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More than 50 bus services use this stretch of the Inner City Bypass daily and the road widening will slice 10 minutes from each journey on average, lord mayor Graham Quirk said.

“With more lanes and bus priority measures, this upgrade will ensure the ICB can cater for future traffic demands, which are expected to grow to 130,000 daily vehicles by 2031,” he said.

The Inner City Bypass now carries 105,000 vehicles a  day.

“So this is an important project,” Cr Quirk said.

“It will take 10 minutes off their travel time.”

Those time savings should begin from August 27 after passengers and bus drivers are alerted to the changes on the Inner City Bypass.

Also, a new bus ramp helping bus passengers travelling to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital at Bowen Hills opened on Sunday, linking more bus journeys to the western suburbs link.

Brisbane City Council’s infrastructure committee chair Cr Amanda Cooper said the Inner City Bypass was Brisbane’s most important road “connector” in the city’s road network.

As part of its network of toll roads in Brisbane, Transurban runs the Inner City Bypass connecting the Legacy Way, Clem7 and Airport Link tunnels.

Transurban Queensland group executive Sue Johnson said the road widening would improve safety on a busy stretch of road.

Meanwhile, tolls will not be introduced to the Inner City Bypass to cover the expense, tolls for cars on the Legacy Way tunnel will increase by about 7 per cent from July 2020, from $4.94 to $5.31, in 2017 terms.

In March 2017, Transurban’s previous Queensland group executive Wes Ballantyne said tolls for heavy vehicles would also increase at almost “three times” the average increase for cars from July 2020.