Railway Lines Are Needed Now

Railway Lines Are Needed Now

Queensland Shadow Minister for Transport & Main Roads Fiona Simpson

Brisbane Commuters Most Stressed In Australia

Victor P Taffa

Stressed Brisbane Commuters are paying the price for the State Labor Government’s “all talk, no action” approach to Integrated Transport Planning, the State Opposition said today.

Shadow Minister for Transport and Main Roads Fiona Simpson commented on IBM’s Australian Commuter Pain Study released today, which revealed Brisbane commuters are the most frustrated, stressed and aggressive in Australia.

The study, the first of its kind in Australia illustrated how traffic was interfering with the Quality of life, health and work productivity, also showed Brisbane topped the nation with 90 % of residents complaining of increased stress due to roadway traffic.

“This State Labor Government has failed the leadership test on Integrated Transport Planning. All they’ve got is glossy Transport Brochures with no funding and no strategies.”  Ms. Simpson said.

“That’s a recipe for more frustration for Queensland Commuters.”

“This Report proves that Labor has not built or planned for improved roads and transport infrastructure to keep pace with the growing population of Queensland.” Ms. Simpson said.

“Commuters are angry. More than half of local drivers feel roadway traffic has become worse than other Australian cities.”

“It speaks volumes that in the last three years, a Quarter of Brisbane drivers found roadway traffic so bad that they turned around and went home.”  Ms. Simpson said.

The study revealed that commuter stress in Brisbane could be significantly reduced by improvements to Public Transport (45 %) as well as the availability of accurate and timely information on Road Conditions (34 %).

“A Liberal National Party Government would listen to Queensland commuters and work together to plan Roads and Transport networks for the future, not live for the moment.”

Ms. Simpson also assured Queensland road users “the LNP will work for Queensland and not ourselves.”

* IBM Commuter Pain Study was conducted by Galaxy Research and surveyed adult drivers aged 18-64 years and included 1,556 respondents throughout Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth during October, 2010.