TRU to the rescue
It’s no secret Queensland’s already-challenged Pacific Motorway (M1) was under pressure during the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Not only was the M1 one of the key routes for athletes and officials travelling to and from the Games Village to competition venues in Brisbane, it needed to cope with an influx of more than 672,000 visitors to the south-east corner.
Additional RACQ crews were deployed to manage the increased traffic both on the Gold Coast and along the M1, RACQ Recovery and Incident Management Team Manager Kris Traeger said.
Mr Traeger said more than double the standard number of Traffic Response Units (TRU) and towing vehicles patrolled key sections of the highway between 4-15 April, to ensure incidents could be cleared as quickly as possible.
RACQ also shared its expertise in traffic management to the traffic operations hub on the Gold Coast, where police, fire, ambulance and road service crews were stationed and dispatched.
Mr Traeger said while RACQ crews were prepared for any situation that could occur, it was important for motorists to do their bit by exercising caution in the event of an incident, whether they be in the vehicle affected or driving past.
“One of the reasons we set up witch’s hats around the scene is to clearly define a workspace for us,” he said.
All we asked was for people to respect that and please give us that bit of extra room, because we’ve got people to go home to as well.
Better still, people could avoid the situation altogether and take advantage of the extra public transport options available during the Games.
“Instead of spending two hours driving on top of the time you’ve spent at the games, you can kick back and relax by letting someone else do the drive time for you,” Mr Traeger said.
“Public transport can be an easier, safer way to get to the Games on time and is less fatiguing.”