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Action to ease Hobart traffic congestion

NEW tow trucks to remove traffic-blocking vehicles have arrived in Hobart to assist in reducing congestion during peak periods.

“Getting where you need to go, when you need to be there is important for all Tasmanians,” Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael Ferguson said.

“So, from 5 August a range of measures will come into force to reduce congestion in the Hobart CBD and key feeder routes.”

These include:

An extension of tow truck hours to run all day on the Tasman Bridge.

Tow away signs installed on Macquarie Street.

Clearways on Macquarie Street extended by an hour each morning to start from 6.30am.

The first of a new fleet of the latest quick-response tow trucks arriving to service the Hobart CBD and key feeder routes.

From 14 October, new incident response tow trucks will be used to remove vehicles from clearways on Macquarie Street in the morning peak period to improve the reliability of traffic flow through the city.

In preparation for this major change, clearway hours on Macquarie Street have been extended by an hour in the morning to begin at 6.30am, with signage updated to make it known.

“We understand that changing traffic conditions can be challenging, so there will be a minimal grace period to adjust to the tow truck enforcement, while tickets will still be issued,” Mr Ferguson said.

“Quickly responding to breakdowns, traffic incidents or illegally parked cars will play a key role in improving time reliability and traffic flow on Hobart’s streets.”

As part of the expanded incident response program, from 5 August the incident response service on the Tasman Bridge will be extended to operate from 7am to 6pm, during the week.

Mr Ferguson said the Tasman Bridge was key for the movement of traffic across Hobart.

“The extended service will allow us to respond immediately to incidents on the bridge throughout the day and reduce the chance that any flow-on delays continue into the afternoon peak,” he said.

In the coming months, a similar service will be rolled out to respond to incidents during the morning and afternoon peaks on the Southern Outlet, Macquarie and Davey streets, Brooker Highway, Domain Highway, Tasman Highway and East Derwent Highway.

“This program will allow for incidents to be cleared more quickly, allowing busy arterials to return to normal service faster, at the busiest times of the day,” Mr Ferguson said.

“Continuing to build an efficient and effective transport network for Hobart is a key priority and our comprehensive traffic incident response plan, utilising leading traffic management technology, is part of our broader commitment to maintaining Hobart’s liveability.”

More information is available on the Transport website at www.transport.tas.gov.au/road/network/clearwayzones.

Caption: Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael Ferguson with Brad Johnson, from Stornoway, with the new rapid-response tow truck.