Metro tunnel safety issue triggers emergency shutdown, commuter chaos

Metro tunnel safety issue triggers emergency shutdown, commuter chaos

“It’s just not always on Adelaide Street at peak hour.”

Earlier, a Translink spokesman confirmed emergency works were behind the delays.

Roadworks spark delays in Brisbane during the morning commute.Credit:Sean Parnell

“It looks like the works are causing delays all the way back to Brisbane and West End,” he said.

West End commuters were forced to walk, uncertain of whether a bus would arrive in time for them to get to work.

Court proceedings were delayed as magistrates and lawyers were caught in the traffic.

The Inner City Bypass, Pacific Motorway, the Captain Cook Bridge to Tarragindi, the River Terrace past Kangaroo Point Cliffs and the Story Bridge to Annerley on Ipswich Road were experiencing heavy traffic through the peak hour.

Kelvin Grove inbound from Herston Road to Countess Street and Roma Street were also affected.

As Adelaide Street southbound reopened about 10.30, delays started to ease.

The opposition leader for Brisbane City Council, Jared Cassidy, said residents should be furious about the congestion.

“We’ve already seen years of delays and almost a billion dollars in cost blowouts,” he said.

“Residents don’t need chaos, they don’t need collapsing roads, they just need projects run properly.”

Concept images show Brisbane Metro's planned Adelaide Street tunnel entrance at North Quay.

Concept images show Brisbane Metro’s planned Adelaide Street tunnel entrance at North Quay.Credit:Brisbane City Council

At the peak of the gridlock, before 9.30am, Australian Traffic Network spokesman Chris Hull said: “I’ve been told people on some buses have been stuck on the bridge for 20 minutes and are not going anywhere”.

“Those works have really done a number on the roads this morning,” he said.

“Traffic is backed up to Toowong on Coronation Drive, Albion from the Inner City Bypass, Milton Road to Auchenflower and the Pacific Motorway traffic is right up to Upper Mt Gravatt.

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“Victoria Bridge is also jammed.

“The roadworks are expected to continue right throughout the day but hopefully the traffic might slow down in the next hour as we pass through peak hour.”

Council advised at 10.20am the south-east lane of Adelaide Street had reopened to traffic.

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