Walter Taylor Bridge: Among Brisbane Bridges With Most Crash Reports

The Walter Taylor Bridge is one of Australia’s most unique bridges with its heritage-listed pylon and scenic river views. However, one must keep his eyes on the road whilst cruising along this historic bridge, as latest insurance claims data reveals that it ranks among Brisbane bridges with most crashes.

Between 1 January 2015 and 31 October 2018, insurance claims records show that there have been 10 crash reports on the Walter Taylor Bridge, the State’s peak motoring body, RACQ reported. Whilst this number pales in comparison to the top-ranked Story Bridge’s recorded 36 crashes, drivers are urged to “slow down and take care merging.”

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“These bridges are often heavily congested, high volume, multi-lane crossings, making them hot spots for multi-vehicle crashes,” RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said.

“Most are peak hour rear-end collisions, or sideswipes where drivers fail to give way changing lanes. Drivers need to take care merging and leave plenty of room between cars,” she said.

Captain Cook Bridge came second to Story Bridge with 29 crashes, followed by Gateway Bridge with 14, William Jolly Bridge with 11. Go Between Bridge rounds out the top six with 4 reported vehicle crashes.

Ms Ross suggested that apart from public transport, the government also needs to invest on projects that will provide alternative routes to minimise congestions and offer vehicle access to and from Brisbane City such as upgrading Roma Street, North Quay, Stanley, and Vulture streets.