Have you ever been frustrated waiting at a left turn red light when you can clearly see the intersection free of cars?

Well the Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has announced a six month trial allowing motorists to turn left on five selected red lights across Brisbane.

The trial will document the benefits of being able to turn left on a red light and depending on its success may be implemented permanently.

Lord Mayor Quirk says the trial is about looking for simple ways to reduce congestion. “These relatively minor changes can make a big difference in tackling congestion around the city,” the Lord Mayor says. “The trial has been introduced as part of my ongoing commitment to ensure Brisbane is an accessible, connected city by delivering a range of congestion reduction measures.”

Five intersections have been chosen and given signage by the Council for the six month trial.

The selected locations are:
• Left turn from Bowen Street into Lutwyche Road, Windsor
• Left turn from Maud Street into Breakfast Creek Road, Newstead
• Left turn from Hellawell Road into Gowan Road, Sunnybank Hills
• Left turn from Edge Street into Creek Road, Murarrie
• Left turn from Spence Street into Broadwater Road, Mt Gravatt East

Deputy Mayor and Infrastructure Chairman Adrian Schrinner is overseeing the trial and will be monitoring driver behaviours and conducting traffic surveys over the next six months.

“The locations were selected after being assessed for safety against Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) guidelines, which include parameters for sight distance, pedestrian activity, cyclist activity and sufficient clearance for buses and trucks.

“Households in close proximity to each of the trial sites will receive a letter informing them of the changes at their local intersection and numerous signs alerting road users of the changed conditions will be erected for the duration of the trial,” Cr Schrinner says.

Cr Schrinner added that while safety considerations have been made prior to the trial, motorists must exercise caution at all times, be aware of turning vehicles and give way to vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.

Do you think motorists should be allowed to turn left on a red light at all Brisbane intersections or are you nervous about the reduced safety? Let us know!