Given our inner-city location, the issue of traffic congestion on Gregory Terrace and surrounding streets has been a challenge for many years, increasing with ongoing densification in the area.
The primary concern is student safety and these changes are designed to address potentially dangerous behaviours that may compromise this safety. In addition, we are committed to finding ways to make drop-off and pick-up times easier for busy parents. The School also seeks to be a responsible Spring Hill citizen, and to minimise disruption to the local community.
As part of our commitment to seek solutions, BGGS and BGS recently commissioned independent traffic engineering consultants to undertake an observational study and provide recommendations aimed at preserving student safety as highest priority and improving traffic flow around both campuses.
Derived directly from these recommendations, these changes are designed to support improved traffic flow during peak pick-up and drop-off times, to ease congestion experienced by parents accessing the School at these times.
A key observation from the independent traffic study was that while the School day ends at 3.10 pm, the majority of students do not arrive at the pick-up zone until 3.20 pm. Therefore, delaying the opening of the pick-up zone to 3.20 pm prevents a build-up of traffic by removing the need for parents to be in the zone for extended periods of time while waiting for their daughters.
There are a number of parking options in close proximity to the School. Please view this map for further information about parking in the local area.
Please note, parents are not permitted to park or queue over the Motel on Gregory driveway, bike lanes or no-parking zones, noting that Brisbane City Council enforces these restrictions and does issue infringement notices.
If you arrive prior to 3.20 pm, you will be directed to follow a detour.
If you need to collect your daughter before the pick-up zone opens at 3.20 pm, we recommend you utilise one of the metered parking options in close proximity to the School, rather than accessing the pick-up zone.
Alternatively, there are a range of public transport options accessible to students.
If you are in the pick-up zone and your daughter has not arrived within three minutes, you will be directed to exit the zone and follow the detour route to prevent a build-up of traffic.
These changes were identified in the study conducted by independent traffic engineers as essential to ensuring the safety of students and addressing traffic congestion in the short term. The survey of parents and students will provide important information about the traffic habits of our families to inform longer term improvements to traffic flow in front of BGGS and BGS, including potential infrastructure changes.
The School has partnered with BGS to provide a coordinated approach to addressing traffic congestion, an issue for both schools, for the benefit of all families. This includes those families whose children attend both schools.
Further, as citizens of the Spring Hill community, both Schools have a responsibility to do what we can to aid traffic flow along Gregory Terrace, and we have been working across all levels of government to find mutually beneficial solutions.
Further information about BGS changes will be communicated directly by the school to their parent body.
In addition to complying with these changes, families can consider accessing the School outside of peak drop-off and pick-up periods, carpooling, or the use of public transport.
The School values feedback from our parent community. Please direct any queries or feedback to Communications and Engagement via firstname.lastname@example.org.