Workshops on Traffic Control Brisbane, Australia in August 1978 set the precedent for today’s multi-level traffic management system. Brisbane has grown as a major metropolis in the last century and now has more than one hundred roads, which is a great deal considering that the Capital City of Queensland had a population of just over seventeen million people. There are also numerous arterial roads, which serve both business and residential areas. This makes controlling traffic in such a large area quite a challenge. As such, this system was developed.
The system was officially introduced on the 25th anniversary of the formation of the National Motor Vehicle motoring squadrons. This brought about the establishment of eleven new traffic control centres across the state. These include the Queensland Traffic Control, Southport Traffic Control, Broadlands Traffic Control, and Roma Traffic Control. The main aim of these centres is to ensure that there is no congestion on the roads leading to these locations, and to promote safety by ensuring that drivers adhere to all traffic rules and regulations.
The goal of the system is not only to manage traffic, but to improve the overall quality of life. This is achieved through improved public awareness, safer road conditions and more efficient management of the traffic system. The work of these Queensland traffic controllers goes beyond road handling and road management, as they also handle special projects such as bicycle paths, pedestrian crossings and parking management. These projects allow for a better flow of traffic and to improve the general condition of traffic in the city. The ultimate objective is to promote congestion-free living in the region, with the aim that it improves upon the overall quality of life.