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University of Queensland Master Plan

Transport, Access, Traffic and Parking Study


MRCagney recently completed a Transport, Access, Traffic and Parking Study to assess the transport impacts and implications of the University of Queensland (UQ) Master Plan for their campus at St Lucia. Located 5km from the Brisbane CBD, the St Lucia campus covers 110 hectares and currently serves 48,000 students and 5,500 staff.The overall transport aspirations of the UQ Master Plan are to:

  • Improve public transport systems;
  • Improve bicycle and pedestrian access; and
  • Limit the availability of private vehicle parking and reduce single occupant vehicles.

The study was used to inform the Community Infrastructure Designation (CID) process required by State legislation.

The Approach

The project included a thorough review of all transport modes through the following tasks:

  • Baseline assessments and mapping of movements (walking, cycling, public transport, service access, car traffic parking and associated infrastructure)
  • Examination of future developments and projections of future traffic scenarios
  • Preparation of a Traffic Impact Assessment Report
  • Client workshops to discuss future options and preferred strategies
  • Development of preferred access options and integration strategy.

The Deliverables

The report provided the following assessments:

  • Existing conditions analysis, including:
  • Current infrastructure and service provisions for each transport mode;
  • Existing travel demands; and
  • Current capacity and usage of each transport mode.
  • Future travel demands to 2030:
  • Expected increase in private vehicle travel demands taking into consideration the proposed parking supply;
  • Increase in walking and cycling trips under the current pedestrian network, as well as with potential additional pedestrian / cyclist infrastructure such as bridges to West End and Yeerongpilly; and
  • Remaining trips that will be required to be serviced by public transport and assess the capacity of the PT system to cater for these trips.

Additional recommendations for improvements to proposed infrastructure provisions and policy objectives were incorporated to guide the development and refinement of the final Master Plan document.

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