Local Area Traffic Management
Local Area Traffic Management (LATM) is also called traffic calming and involves installing devices such as speed platforms, roundabout, traffic island and kerb buildouts to:
- provide a safe environment for pedestrians and cyclists
- discourage non-local traffic such as 'rat running' in your street to avoid traffic lights
- moderate vehicle speeds
LATM is normally carried out over an area rather than just a single street to make sure that traffic issues are not transferred to other streets. Usually the area will consist of residential streets bordered by major roads or barriers such as a river or creek.
Local Area Traffic Management process
Your local knowledge is vital to Brisbane City Council's assessment of the traffic issues in your street. The information you provide helps us decide if Local Area Traffic Management is suitable for your area.
Council will only investigate the installation of traffic management devices if there is support from the majority of the local community in the form of a petition or a letter signed by local residents.
Pedestrian countdown timers
Pedestrian countdown timers count down the time during the flashing red ‘don’t walk’ signal to advise pedestrians of the remaining time they have to safely finish crossing the road. The two-digit display only lights during the flashing clearance period. Council advises pedestrians to follow safe practices when walking across the road, which includes only leaving the kerb when the green walking person signal is displayed.
Council trialled pedestrian countdown timers in five inner-city locations from 18 September to 26 October 2012. During this time more than 1,100 people were surveyed about their crossing behaviours, with a large majority (76 per cent) believing the countdown timers made it safer to cross. The survey also revealed 84 per cent of respondents found the timers to be very useful, by having the second remaining displayed in front of them.
Pedestrian countdown timers are now being rolled out in the CBD, Fortitude Valley, South Brisbane and major shopping precincts in Brisbane. This first stage of crossings will have timers installed by the end of 2015. Other crossings throughout Brisbane will be upgraded in future stages.
Traffic lights control the flow of traffic and pedestrians to improve safety and access on Brisbane's roads. For information on how traffic lights operate and answers to other common questions, you can download:
To report a traffic light problem, phone Council on 07 3403 8888.
Co-ordination of traffic lights
Brisbane City Council has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Queensland Government to cooperatively manage traffic signal coordination. The agreement will mean travel savings of up to five per cent along various key corridors and at 40 major intersections across Brisbane.
As this agreement is rolled out, signals will be grouped together and run by the same agency based on the operational benefits of coordinating the signals. The approach is to ensure that regardless of who owns the road; traffic lights situated in the same area will be all managed by the same agency.
Of these priority intersections, 12 will be operated by Council and 28 will be transferred to the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR). The rollout for this agreement will take approximately six months, with the arrangements finalised by the end of January 2013.
The intersections included are:
Road types and speed limits fact sheets
For different road types and speed limits information download:
- Road hierarchy map (PDF - 8.25MB)
- Road classification fact sheet (PDF - 551kb)
- Speed limit fact sheet (PDF - 725kb)
CBD speed limit
The CBD speed limit is 40 kilometres per hour. This excludes Ann and Turbot Streets which are 60 kilometres per hour ensuring traffic flows more efficiently.
CBD 40 kilometer per hour zone map
View CBD 40 Kilometers per hour zone in a larger map
Download the CBD map showing the streets where the 40 kilometres per hour speed limit applies:
Streets included in the CBD 40 kilometre per hour zone
- Makerston Street - whole street
- Herschel Street - whole street
- Tank Street - whole street
- Roma Street - between Markerston Street and Turbot Street
- Adelaide Street - between North Quay and Queen Street
- Queen Street - between Edward Street and Adelaide Street (includes the Queen Street Mall)
- Elizabeth Street - whole street
- Charlotte Street - whole street
- Mary Street - whole street
- Margaret Street - whole street
- Alice Street - whole street
- North Quay - between Tank Street and Elizabeth Street
- William Street - whole street
- George Street - whole street
- Albert Street - between Alice Street and Elizabeth Street
- Edward Street - between Turbot Street andAlice Street
- Felix Street - whole street
- Creek Street - between Eagle Street and Turbot Street
- Eagle Street - whole street
- Wharf Street - between Queen Street and Turbot Street