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G20 Road closures for Brisbane

Posted by Daniel Backhaus
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The 2014 G20 Summit in Brisbane doesn’t just bring the world’s superpowers to our city, but a bunch of traffic headaches because of increased security measures.

Brisbane CBD, South Brisbane, Brisbane Airport and the Ekka Showgrounds will be impacted by the summit, which will see twenty of the world’s most powerful nations debate global policy and strategies for development.

Because of the heightened security presence, there will be several road closures, so make sure you know where you can and can’t go from Monday 10 November until Monday 17 November.

Brisbane CBD

Hosting world leaders in CBD hotels, means increased security and the presence of motorcades will redirect traffic in the city. If you can, avoid driving right into the heart of the city.

Starting on Tuesday 11th November, in-bound traffic won’t be allowed to travel on Adelaide Street, Ivory Street and one lane of Queen Street starting at the intersection at Adelaide Street.

From Thursday 13th November, Alice Street, Ann Street, Roma Street and William Street will have lane closures – but through traffic will be permitted. Victoria Bridge will have no traffic access and only the GOMA side footpath will remain open.

From the Mercure to the Casino, William Street and North Quay will close plus you won’t be able to get into Queens Wharf Road from William Street – but access from the south will still be open.


South Brisbane

Hosting the bulk of the media as well as the Summit, South Brisbane is going to be busier than usual – so make sure you plan any travel well ahead.

Try and avoid driving to the Convention Centre, where the Summit is being held. Parts of Russell Street, Grey Street and Glenelg Street will start to be closed off starting on Monday 10th November. These closures will include the block that houses the South Bank Cinemas and certain entrances of QPAC and the Griffith University Conservatorium as well as restaurants and bars adjacent to the South Bank Promenade.

From Thursday 13th November, road closures will start to ramp up including Hope Street, Victoria Bridge, Melbourne Street, Merivale Street and more parts of Glenelg, Grey and Russell Streets. Local access will still be available to residents.

Little Stanley Street will stay open between Glenelg and Ernest Streets, but will only be one-way northbound from the South Bank car park.

As the G20 Summit gets underway on Saturday 15th November, until midnight, the William Jolly Bridge will be closed southbound and the eastern footpath will be closed. Grey Street will shut down southbound traffic entirely and the eastern footpath will be closed. Stanley Place, Montague Road and the Cultural Centre Tunnel will all have temporary road closures for the Summit.

In addition to this, the Convention Centre car park will shut from Tuesday 21 October and QPAC Riverside, Art Gallery Museum and Stanley Place car parks will be shut from 7am Friday 14 November until 8:30am Sunday 16 November.


Brisbane Airport 

The airport will have periodic road closures due to the high security around leaders coming in and out of Brisbane. The Airport Precinct including Airport Drive, Da Vinci Business Park, Qantas Drive, Skygate and access to Pinkenba may be affected. Make sure you allow for extra time when travelling to the airport.

EKKA Showgrounds

As part of the Summit, the RNA Showgrounds will have changed traffic conditions around O’Connell Terrace, Wren Street and Walden Lane. Local access will be available.

On-street parking will be affected in all these areas, however car parks should operate as normal (with the exception of some South Brisbane car parks.)

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