Brisbane Airport access improving, public transport free for the week

By John Walton, January 14 2011
Brisbane Airport access improving, public transport free for the week

Access is improving to Brisbane Airport, and public transport in southeast Queensland will be free from 14-21 January, Australian Business Traveller has learned. 

All major airlines are waiving their usual change fees in the aftermath of the floods, and we have full details of airline change fee policies for Brisbane flights.

The airport remains open, but road closures in areas around the airport are still making access difficult. Authorities are still strongly advising against any non-essential travel.

Australian Business Traveller has been updated on road problems by Brisbane authorities. Here's a list of relevant closures:

  • Hale Street inbound towards Coronation Drive, Milton Road and Caxton Street
  • Queens Wharf Road
  • Margaret Street and the Margaret Street on ramp from the Riverside Expressway
  • Albert Street
  • Alice Street and Albert Street 
  • Edward Street 
  • Riverside Expressway Westbound is reduced to one lane. All traffic being diverted at the Elizabeth Street exit
  • Brisbane City – Williams Street northbound closed between Elizabeth Street and Margaret Street
  • Go Between Bridge
  • Victoria Bridge

The William Jolly Bridge, previously closed, has now re-opened. The Pacific Motorway into Brisbane is open, but is down to two lanes.

In Albion, west of the airport, closures are affecting Abbotsford Road, Agnes Street, Fox Street, Crosby Road, Massey Street and Amy street.

The main road from Brisbane to Cairns has also reopened, with the Bruce Highway and Yeppen Bridge now passable.

The airport and Brisbane City Council authorities are directing all queries about specific road closures and conditions to the Department of Main Roads' frequently updated website at

Airtrain services are running from Gold Coast to the airport on the Christmas timetable. For updates on the public transport situation, visit 

Coachtrans operated some services yesterday and plans to do so today. Coachtrans can be contacted on 1300 664 700 (Gold Coast local call charge) or 03 3358 9700 (national call charge).

Australian Business Traveller's continuing flood coverage

For up to the minute coverage of the flooding in Brisbane and Queensland, follow our @AusBT Twitter account and check back on our homepage at

Travel plans around Brisbane or the affected areas? We've contacted all airlines flying to and from Brisbane to find out which airlines are waiving change fees for Brisbane flights.

Will your credit card travel insurance cover changes and lost luggage? Check out our full insurance coverage.

John Walton

Aviation journalist and travel columnist John took his first long-haul flight when he was eight weeks old and hasn't looked back since. Well, except when facing rearwards in business class.

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