Brisbane City Council and the Queensland State Government have gone nuts about tunnels. They’ve got one going in under Woolloongabba, they want to put one along Lutwyche Road and then out to the airport and they are even having one for bikes that will go in to the new Brisbane City Council Building! All this they say will ease traffic congestion in Brisbane that is already a big problem thanks to stupid 1960s Mayor Clem Jones and his idiot “freeways in a city are the future” idea. I suspect I’ll be saying the same thing about Campbell Newman and his tunnels in 30 years time.
Since I took a different route home today and went across the Story Bridge, I had loads of time to muse on this issue while waiting in traffic. Surrounded by semi-trailers looming over my little vespa scooter like vultures over prey, it gave me a shock to realise Pauline was right.
Semi-Trailers should be banned from the city in business hours.
How many times have you inched forward in your car and got in sight of the green arrow light only to see one semi and one car get through the lights thanks to the slowness of the truck. How many times have you got caught behind two semi-trailers side by side racing each other to be first but only succeeding in blocking 10 monaros behind them.
Give the trucks a city wide boundary which they can’t come in between 7am and 7pm. It’s effectively a curfew. Smaller pantec trucks are fine, but anything over a certain load has to stay on the outskirts of Brisbane. What about the environment you say with all these smaller pantecs being used? Well what about all the cars that are now achieving optimum petrol and fumes usage because they aren’t idling for 30 minutes at one set of lights.
Pauline came up with this theory battling the Ipswich motorway everyday and after today I wholehartedly agree with her. Bugger the trucks.