Transport chaos in Brisbane CBD as ’emergency road works’, accidents cause massive delays

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

Translink informed commuters that all CBD buses had been delayed due to congestion, with some passengers telling their buses would divert to nearby train stations due to a “massive backlog in the city”.

A section of Adelaide Street between North Quay and George Street was closed for security reasons, a statement from the Brisbane City Council (BCC) said.

“Emergency road works” contributed to the delays. (ABC news: Michael Rennie)

“This decision was made for safety reasons after a contractor reported a problem with tunneling work under Adelaide Street for the Brisbane Metro project,” said Brisbane Civic Cabinet Chair for Transport Ryan Murphy.

Mr Murphy said no one was injured and further updates will be provided as they become available.

Some commuters were trapped on buses for more than an hour, while others were turned away from boarding buses in some locations.

Police motorbikes have been sent to Adelaide Street and George Street in an attempt to get traffic going.

There have been complaints of motorists blocking intersections, exacerbating the problem.

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