Traffic returns to Nicholas Street in Ipswich Central

24 October 2022

For the first time since the late 80s, cars will again be able to drive down Nicholas Street.

Ipswich Central Redevelopment Chairperson and Division 3 Councillor Marnie Doyle said Nicholas Street is opening to vehicles to ensure easy access to the dining and entertainment businesses in the Nicholas Street Precinct.

“The last time you could drive your car down Nicholas Street was before the Ipswich Mall opened in 1987,” Cr Doyle said.

“With the new café, dining and takeaway businesses now opened in the Nicholas Street Precinct and more set to come in the weeks and months ahead, we are opening the road to allow for convenient drop-offs, food delivery pick-ups, and easy access to new and existing businesses.

“Food offerings Zambrero, That Dumpling Place and Gelatissimo have recently opened joining existing businesses along Nicholas Street, and more businesses are on track to open before Christmas.

“The revitalisation of the city centre is continuing strongly with anchor tenants Hoyts opening a new cinema and AusHotels signed on to take the Commonwealth Hotel forward.”

Traffic will be one-way and will only be able to enter Nicholas Street from Brisbane Street starting Monday 24 October.

Signage has been erected in the Nicholas Street Precinct to inform the community and broad communication activities with stakeholders have been undertaken.

The speed limit will be 10km per hour and there is a gross load limit of eight tonnes.

Traffic will exit the precinct from Union Place into Bell Street on a left turn only.

“There are several 10-minute parking bays to allow for convenient drop-off and pick-ups, however general vehicle access will not be permitted during events where appropriate,” Cr Doyle said.