Left Turn on Red project

Brisbane City Council is committed to delivering safe and accessible transport options throughout Brisbane to help get you home quicker and safer. As part of this commitment, Council implemented a Left Turn on Red trial at intersections across Brisbane aimed at decreasing individual travel time and to ease congestion. All Left Turn on Red intersections were selected after being assessed for safety against Australian best practice guideline requirements, pedestrian use, and traffic volumes. 

Council commenced the Left Turn on Red trial in November 2013, in consultation with Department of Transport and Main Roads. Initially starting with five trial sites, the success of the project led Council to extend the sites to include 50 intersections across Brisbane. Independent research found that motorists using the Left Turn on Red intersections saved up to 9 seconds on their trip. Although a small figure, when considering motorists used Left Turn on Red 15 million times during the trial, potentially 37,500 less hours was spent on the road by motorists resulting in reduced congestion and improved traffic flow.

The Left Turn on Red project is due to cease on 30 June 2021, with Council sharing the reporting and statistical data collected throughout the trial with the Queensland Government (Department of Transport and Main Roads) for future consideration.

What is Left Turn on Red?

Left Turn on Red allows motorists to turn left at a red light after coming to a complete stop and giving way to other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists at the intersection. Together, let’s help keep our roads safe by following these road rules and tips.


When turning left on red:

  • turning left on a red light is only permitted at intersections where the approach has ‘Left Turn on Red Permitted after Stopping’ signage installed, as shown in the Left Turn on Red video. The usual road rules apply at all other intersections
  • you must come to a complete stop and give way to other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists at the intersection before turning left.


Pedestrians should follow safe practices when crossing the road and look for turning vehicles when using these intersections.

Left Turn on Red trial

Following a successful pilot at five intersections between November 2013 and April 2014, Council received approval from the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) to extend the trial of Left Turn on Red facilities across Brisbane to 50 intersections.

In late 2017, TMR approved the Left Turn on Red trial being extended by Council until 31 December 2019. TMR conditioned the trial’s extension on Council re-assessing the Left Turn on Red facilities against the New South Wales Government’s Roads and Maritime Services Traffic Signal Design Appendix – E ‘Left Turn on Red Guidelines’, issued in July 2016. Based on this re-assessment required by TMR, several Left Turn on Red facilities were decommissioned.

In late 2019, TMR approved for the trial at all existing locations to be further extended until May 31, 2021 and subsequently extended the trial for a further 4 weeks to June 30, 2021.

Left Turn on Red video

Left Turn on Red intersection locations

Locations finalising on 30 June, 2021

The locations of all existing Left Turn on Red facilities are listed in the following table.

This table includes locations where Left Turn on Red facilities are installed by suburb and streets.
Suburb Streets
Ascot Kitchener Road (southern leg) into Lancaster Road
Belmont Meadowlands Road into Belmont Road
Coopers Plains Beaton Street into Orange Grove Road
Chermside  Milburn Street into Webster Road
Deagon Adams Street into Board Street
Moorooka Durack Street into Ipswich Road
Murarrie Edge Street into Creek Road
Paddington Given Terrace into Fernberg Road
Runcorn Archives Avenue into Compton Road
Stafford Billabong Street into Webster Road
Stafford Wilgarning Street into Webster Road 
Stafford  Wolverhampton Street into Webster Road
Sunnybank Wynne Street into Beenleigh Road
Taigum Muller Road (southern leg) into Beams Road
The Gap Payne Road into Waterworks Road
Upper Mount Gravatt Delavan Street into Newnham Road
Wavell Heights  Newman Road into Hamilton Road

Decommissioned Left Turn on Red intersections - no longer in use

Based on the 2017 re-assessment required by TMR, the Left Turn on Red facilities listed in the below table were decommissioned.

Left Turn on Red project decommissioned sites including suburb and street
Suburb Streets 
Albion McLennan Street into Albion Road
Boondall Bilsen Road into Zillmere Road 
Bracken Ridge Glenealy Street into Bracken Ridge Road
Bracken Ridge  Telegraph Road extension (near Langer Place) into Telegraph Road
Coopers Plains Rookwood Avenue into Orange Grove Road
East Brisbane Norman Street (southern leg) into Stanley Street East
Fortitude Valley Gotha Street into St Pauls Terrace
Hendra Manson Road into Nudgee Road
Holland Park Wyncroft Street into Cavendish Road
Inala Mira Street into Poinsettia Street
Kangaroo Point Bell Street (eastern leg) into Main Street
Mitchelton Teralba Park access road into Osborne Road
Mount Gravatt East Hillgrove Street into Broadwater Road 
Mount Gravatt East Spence Street into Broadwater Road
Mount Ommaney Mount Ommaney Shopping Centre exist into Dandenong Road
Newmarket Finsbury Street into Newmarket Road
Newstead Edmonstone Road into Breakfast Creek Road 
Newstead Maud Street into Breakfast Creek Road 
Rochedale Arise Boulevard into Gardner Road 
Spring Hill Fortescue Street into Gregory Terrace
Stretton Persse Road into Compton Road
Sunnybank Hills Hellawell Road into Gowan Road 
Taigum Church Road (southern leg) into Roghan Road 
Taigum  Church Road (northern leg) into Roghan Road 
Tingalpa Container Street into Wynnum Road
Tingalpa Service Road (McDonald's side) into New Cleveland Road
Upper Mount Gravatt Timor Street into Klumpp Road
Windsor Bowen Street into Lutwyche Road
Windsor Constitution Road into Lutwyche Road
Woolloongabba  Jurgens Street (southern leg) into Logan Road
Yeronga Yeronga Street into Fairfield Road 

Rickertt Road into Green Camp Road, Wakerley has been decommissioned due to the road corridor upgrade.

Map of Left Turn on Red intersections

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Last updated: 14 June 2021