Busting congestion on Brisbane's northside

Published Friday, 09 February, 2024 at 10:30 AM

Minister for Transport and Main Roads and Minister for Digital Services
The Honourable Bart Mellish

  • The Queensland Labor Government is reducing congestion and improving travel times for commuters.
  • The Northern Transitway from Sadlier Street to Rode Road will be fully opened in April 2024, marking completion of this stage of the project.
  • The remaining section to Hamilton Road will undergo a change of delivery to better integrate with planning for the proposed Gympie Road Bypass project.

Over 900m of Gympie Road transitway in both directions has now been completed, with works to Rode Road set to be completed in April this year.

The dedicated bus lanes will allow buses to travel more efficiently, providing travel time savings by separating buses from general traffic.

The remaining section of the project – from Rode Road to Hamilton Road – will be undertaken under a new contract, following the release of the Gympie Road Bypass Investment proposal, expected to be released later this year.

This will enable consideration of better integration of the transitway with the Gympie Road Bypass project and proposed upgrades to the Chermside Bus Interchange.

The delivery of the Northern Transitway project has faced considerable cost pressures, including significant work to replace old underground stormwater drainage structures that were in poorer condition than anticipated.

Works to mitigate these issues on the remaining section of the project are already underway.

The Miles Government will deliver the full scope of this project, aligned with the opportunities created by the Gympie Road Bypass project.

Translink services travel through this section of Gympie Road every two minutes on average during peak periods.

Bus users can plan their journey by downloading the MyTranslink app, visiting www.translink.com.au or calling 13 12 30.

Quotes attributable to the Transport and Main Roads Minister Bart Mellish:

“Gympie Road is the crucial connector for Northsiders.

“That’s why our government is investing in the Northern Transitway and why we’re investigating a bypass tunnel for Gympie Road.

“The Gympie Road Bypass tunnel unlocks a lot of potential, both underground and above ground.

“It makes sense for these two projects to be aligned, to make sure we realise every opportunity for better/improved public transport and quicker commutes for motorists.

“Commuters are already seeing the benefits from the works completed to date on the Northern Transitway and this will only increase once works to Rode Road are completed in April.

Quotes attributable to the Member for Stafford, Jimmy Sullivan:

"More than 9,000 people currently use buses to travel along Gympie Road between Kedron and Chermside each weekday.

"By separating buses from general traffic, the Northern Transitway is reducing congestion, delivering higher frequency services, improving service reliability and bonus travel time savings during peak periods.

All Gympie Road bus stops from Stafford Road to Rode Road will be open in April, helping to bust congestion and improve traffic times through the corridor.

“Current works will be completed in April this year, taking the project to Rode Road. 


  • The first section of the Northern Transitway opened to traffic on 13 April 2023.
  • Section 2 and 3 became operational on 22 December 2023.
  • Works to complete the next section to Rode Road will be completed in April.  


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