Western Australia Minister for Transport Troy Buswell
Help On Hand For Those With Tunnel Trouble
Victor P Taffa
- New ‘push vehicles’ to move vehicles that stop in Graham Farmer Freeway tunnel
The fight against traffic congestion in Perth today received some relief with the announcement of a new Incident Response Service (IRS) for the Graham Farmer Freeway tunnel.
Transport Minister Troy Buswell today launched the service, and said the IRS would operate in a similar way to those used elsewhere in Australia.
“Work crews will patrol the Graham Farmer Freeway between Loftus Street and the Swan River, responding to incidents that affect traffic flows from Monday to Friday between 6 am-6 pm.” Mr. Buswell said.
“This service will help clear vehicles involved in crashes or breakdowns in the tunnel and relocate them to a safe area. The idea is to make sure traffic flows can be returned to normal as quickly as possible to reduce congestion during peak times.”
“The critical message is that motorists and passengers must stay in their cars for their own safety, and telephone 13 ROAD (13 7623) for help.”
“Travel times should be made more reliable for all road users as this service will minimise disruption caused by breakdowns or crashes in the tunnel.”
The front of the IRS vehicle has a soft foam ‘push pad’, which shapes itself to the design of the affected car before moving it to a safe location away from traffic. Road users who have their vehicles relocated will be advised by the IRS operator as to what they need to do to successfully move their car.
The IRS is part of ‘Active Traffic Management’ identified in the Perth Central Business District (CBD) Transport Plan a State Government initiative to improve congestion management on Perth city roads and the freeways. Active Traffic Management will allow Main Roads to play a more active role in keeping traffic in the tunnel moving as efficiently as possible.
“This service will be expanded into a second stage which will look at vehicles covering the Perth CBD road network and Mitchell and Kwinana freeways from Reid to Roe highways.” the Minister said.
- Active Traffic Management part of State Govt’s Perth CBD Transport Plan to address Perth CBD congestion
- With population growing, and major development projects occurring in the city, Main Roads will introduce innovative solutions to help manage congestion
- IRS does not replace RAC or similar road assistance services