Transport chaos in Brisbane CBD as ’emergency roadworks’, accidents cause huge delays

Brisbane’s CBD was hit by transport chaos on Wednesday morning, with emergency roadworks and several crashes causing delays of up to 45 minutes.

Brisbane City Councilor Ryan Murphy said a “gap” was found under Adelaide Street about 4am as contractors dug a tunnel as part of the Brisbane Metro project.

“Contractors were doing piling in the Adelaide Street tunnel when they noticed subsidence behind the tunnel piles under Adelaide Street,” he said.

“A decision was taken out of an abundance of caution to close Adelaide Street between North Quay and George Street.

“We are now filling this sinkhole and we hope to have this road fully open by the evening.”

Commuters were turned away from boarding buses due to significant delays.(ABC News: Luke Royes)

Mr Murphy said the area was one of the oldest in Brisbane.

“We have to be aware that this is one of the oldest streets in Brisbane and we’re always going to find weird and wonderful things there,” he said.

“Unfortunately we discovered a gap last night and this has had a very large impact on Brisbane’s road network this morning, and we apologise.

“It may have been there for many years, but obviously once it’s been uncovered it’s our duty to make sure it’s safe for travelers and that’s what we’re going to do this afternoon – fill it with concrete.”

The cars backed up. “Emergency works” contributed to the delays. (ABC News: Michael Rennie)

Translink today informed commuters that all CBD buses were delayed due to congestion, with some passengers saying their buses would be diverted to nearby train stations due to “massive backlogs in the city “.

Some commuters were stuck on buses for more than an hour, while others were turned away from boarding buses at some places.

Police motorbikes were dispatched to Adelaide Street and George Street to try and get traffic flowing.

There were also complaints of drivers blocking intersections, compounding the problem.

The tunnel may be “over-excavated”: Union

Traffic by the river.Inbound traffic has built up during the morning. (ABC News: Alfred Beales)

Tram and Bus Union assistant secretary of state Tom Brown said the area under Adelaide Street may have been over-excavated.

“I am informed by a very reliable source that they have actually over-excavated,” he said.

Brown said traffic congestion throughout the morning had also resulted in bus drivers being verbally abused.

“Basically all the drivers on the network are running late … it’s going to cause chaos for at least the rest of the day.

“Our driver abuse levels are already at unacceptable levels,” he said.

“Drivers have been instructed to drop people off at the nearest train stations … so people can basically get into the city on their own way, and that’s not good.”

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