22 May 2012

The State Government has announced a change to bus route 192 travelling to the University's St Lucia campus.

Minister for Transport and Main Roads Scott Emerson has announced a bus-only right turn lane will be built for route 192 buses heading towards the Eleanor Schonell Bridge.

"The new turning lane will allow buses travelling south to turn right at the intersection of Gladstone and Annerley roads in Dutton Park," Mr Emerson said.

"Buses will have a direct route from Gladstone Road to UQ rather than travelling around Dutton Park train station.

"This will cut more than half a kilometre off the route and avoid three sets of traffic lights.

"UQ students and staff from the city's inner-southern suburbs will find this minor change makes a major difference to their travelling times on more than 20 buses every day."

Construction of the new turning lane will start this week costing $300,000.

"The main work will be completed on weekends to minimise disruption to traffic along this busy road," he said.

"Changes to road conditions such as speed reductions and lane closures may be required during construction to ensure the safety of road workers and the local community.

"It's expected the works will take about three weekends to complete, weather permitting.

"Every effort will be made to keep disruptions to a minimum and I would like to thank people for their patience during construction."

TransLink's 11 bus routes to UQ are proving popular, with more than 3.5 million trips to and from the UQ Lakes and Chancellor's Place bus stops each year.

Four high-frequency bus routes service UQ, with two of the routes, the 109 (City to UQ via Eleanor Schonell Bridge) and 412 (City to UQ via Toowong), both carrying more than one million passengers in 2011.

For more information on public transport, visit the TransLink website www.translink.com.au or phone 13 12 30.