New traffic trial keeps the city’s wheels moving

18 November 2015

Minor traffic incidents will be cleared more quickly and congestion reduced under a new initiative approved by the City of Gold Coast.

Mayor Tom Tate announced a six-month trial of a roaming Traffic Response Unit (TRU) to help combat congestion during peak traffic periods.

Traffic Response Units are “on road” services which provide first response and quick clearance solutions for minor road incidents and breakdowns.

Cr Tate said the TRU vehicles are specially equipped to clear incidents and help stranded motorists get out of harm’s way.

“The City has worked with the State Government to deliver a solution that improves the safety of those involved in incidents or breakdowns, and reduces inconvenience to other motorists caught in congestion,” he said.

Cr Tate said many motorists don’t realise they can legally move their vehicle out of harm’s way following a minor bingle.

“What the TRUs can do is help with this process and ensure it is done safely, without the risk of the motorists being hit by other cars,” he said. 

TRUs provide support to those motorists involved in minor incidents and breakdowns by moving the vehicle out of the traffic lanes, ensuring the site is safe and giving ample warning to fellow road users.

RACQ Chief Executive Officer Operations Glenn Toms said the RACQ looked forward to working with the City of Gold Coast to help ease congestion on the city’s roads.

“Rapid response to clear minor incidents will go a long way to reducing motorists’ frustration at being stuck in lengthy traffic jams,” Mr Toms said.

Two TRU units currently patrol the state-controlled M1. The trial will involve a third TRU to operate on City-owned roads, including the Gold Coast Highway between Broadbeach and Southport, while additional patrols will also be considered on other high-traffic volume roads. 

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) will coordinate the deployment of TRUs in the Gold Coast region through its 24 hour Traffic Management Centre (TMC) at Nerang.

It is anticipated the six-month trial will cost approximately $110,000 and a further $10,000 for an independent assessment.

The TRU trial is a key challenge identified by our Gold Coast City Transport Strategy 2031.   

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