The Clem7 tunnel will be cheaper for trucks during  off-peak times from July.
The Clem7 tunnel will be cheaper for trucks during off-peak times from July.

Bold toll price changes to hit Brisbane

QUEENSLAND'S first ever time-of-day toll prices are set to relieve commuters from congestion, particularly on the Inner City Bypass.

Council today announced toll changes for heavy vehicles to fund infrastructure upgrades, with time of day toll pricing on the Go Between Bridge, Clem7 effective this July and Legacy Way in 2020.

Infrastructure Chairman Cr Amanda Cooper said the ICB upgrade is vital to reduce congestion in Brisbane's busiest corridor.

"Council is committed to tackling traffic congestion and is investing $1.3 billion into more than 90 projects including the ICB upgrade, to get people home more quickly and safely," she said.

The Clem7 tunnel will be cheaper for trucks during  off-peak times from July.
The Clem7 tunnel will be cheaper for trucks during off-peak times from July.

Cr Cooper said the Queensland Government have approved for an increase in heavy commercial vehicle toll charges which would fund the upgrade - rather than being solely funded through Brisbane ratepayers.

"This agreement reduces ratepayers' investment from $60 million to just $5.5 million, subject to final construction costs," she said.

Transurban Group Executive Queensland spokeswoman Sue Johnson said the new project will see reduced toll prices for trucks between 8pm-5am, with the increase in pricing only between 5am-8pm - the first time of day tolling in Queensland.

"At this stage the discounts will only apply to these three toll roads," she said.

"The off-peak discounts for trucks using Clem7, Go Between Bridge and Legacy Way will incentivise heavy vehicles to use these roads at night instead of the surface roads, improving the amenity for local residents and will reduce traffic congestion during peak daytime periods."

Queensland Trucking Association CEO Gary Mahon said despite the cost for heavy vehicles, there are benefits to the industry.

"QTA advocated strongly for a model that has provided some relief with a discount rate for later evening usage of connecting toll roads," he said.

"This use of differential tolling is a first, and could be expanded to encourage operators to consider altering time of use to take advantage of reduced toll charges.

"A wider expansion would benefit congestion and safety, and is likely to encourage greater use of toll roads.

 

GO BETWEEN BRIDGE

Heavy Vehicle Charge without change

$8.52 (July 2018)

New Heavy Vehicle Charge

$9.64 (5am-8pm)

 

CLEM7

Heavy Vehicle Charge without change

$13.64 (July 2018)

New Heavy Vehicle Charge

$15.44 (5am-8pm)

 

LEGACY WAY

Heavy Vehicle Charge without change

$14.35 (July 2020)

New Heavy Vehicle Charge

$17.50 (from July 2020, between 5am-8pm only)



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