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Offline bcasey

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Slow speeds on Inner Northern Busway
« on: March 27, 2015, 08:35:26 AM »
For the last few weeks, I've noticed several of the buses I take along the Inner Northern Busway have been travelling very slowly along it, particularly between Herston and Kelvin Grove. I checked this morning and there is a 20 km/h speed limit sign as you leave Herston going inbound, and my bus driver today actually obeyed that speed limit all the way to the Kelvin Grove station.

Apart from a few traffic cones on the centre line, there doesn't appear to be any construction work going on along that section, so I was wondering if there was a reason why such a low speed limit has been imposed on that section? Part of the reason we have the busways is to allow the buses to get through that area at speed, so they are more attractive than a car, so such a low speed limit seems a bit ridiculous.

Offline STB

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Re: Slow speeds on Inner Northern Busway
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2015, 08:42:57 AM »
According to TransLink a little while back that was posted on the Facebook page, it's due to ongoing road re-surfacing works.  I guess it's a bit like a situation where there will be a temporary speed restriction on a section of rail for whatever reason.

I'm not sure why you'd be annoyed though, you are still moving and it wouldn't be having really any impact on the time it takes between stations (perhaps an extra 1min to 1.5mins).

Offline bcasey

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Re: Slow speeds on Inner Northern Busway
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2015, 08:56:58 AM »
According to TransLink a little while back that was posted on the Facebook page, it's due to ongoing road re-surfacing works.  I guess it's a bit like a situation where there will be a temporary speed restriction on a section of rail for whatever reason.

I'm not sure why you'd be annoyed though, you are still moving and it wouldn't be having really any impact on the time it takes between stations (perhaps an extra 1min to 1.5mins).

Yeah, in the whole scheme of things, its not really much to be annoyed about, and now I know why the speed limit has been put in, I'm fine with it.

However, that section is an important transfer segment, particularly for people like myself who need to go between RBWH and Roma Street to transfer to another service, like a train, and that extra 1.5 mins could mean the difference between just arriving in time to catch a train, or having to wait another 15 mins or more to get the next one. Luckily today, the traffic from my initial stop to RBWH was pretty light, so I didn't have any issues with my connections, but it has been an issue on other days.

Offline techblitz

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Re: Slow speeds on Inner Northern Busway
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2015, 09:33:00 AM »
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and that extra 1.5 mins could mean the difference between just arriving in time to catch a train, or having to wait another 15 mins or more to get the next one

indeed bcasey...1 minute makes all the difference when it comes to connections......im currently having issues with the 729 to ormeau then train to gold coast....all that morning service needs is an extra timetabled minute!!

 

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