Labor wastes $1M on traffic signals flop

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Congestion and average wait times has increased for two out of three drivers using the Caloundra Road, Nicklin Way and Pelican Waters Boulevard intersection despite the Palaszczuk government spending $1M of taxpayer funds on traffic signals.

Member for Kawana, Jarrod Bleijie, said the installations of the traffic signals was an absurd waste of money and an expensive way for the Palaszczuk government to keep up the charade that they actually have an interest in reducing congestion on Caloundra Road.

“The LNP committed $15M at the last election to upgrading this intersection and installing slip lanes to get vehicles off the intersection as quickly as possible,” Mr Bleijie said.

“The Palaszczuk government said slip lanes wouldn’t work and instead installed some flashing lights to the tune of $1M, which are simply not working.”

Mr Bleijie, through a Question on Notice, requested the average queue time for vehicles across all directions through the intersection between 4pm-6pm pre and post traffic signal installation.

Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Mark Bailey, refused to provide data for the requested time and instead provided average travel times for between 3pm and 5pm.

The data showed a decrease in travel time for Westbound vehicles but an increase of 73% for Eastbound vehicles travelling on Caloundra Road and an increase of 22% for Southbound vehicles, following the installation of the traffic signals.

“Two out of the three congestion points on this roundabout have actually increased in congestion and travel time thanks to this short sighted and stingy state government,” Mr Bleijie said.

“This Minister is being dodgy with the data he is providing, and I suspect if he was to reveal the data from peak hour (which was requested) when residents are travelling home from work, the congestion and travel time would be far worse.

“It’s just more proof that the Palaszczuk government doesn’t care about the Sunshine Coast and has no interest in investing in our critical road and public transport infrastructure.”

 
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