Motorists urged to plan ahead as city traffic snarl forecast

Hobart motorists are urged to plan ahead and avoid the central city area this Friday with an influx of traffic expected for Myer’s opening celebrations from 9am to 9pm on Friday 20 May.

Campbell St, between Liverpool and Collins streets, is closed until April 29 and in Murray St the existing closure of one lane between Liverpool and Collins streets remains in place outside of peak traffic periods.

‘We have already seen major CBD traffic issues earlier this week caused by the Campbell St closure,’ RACT Executive General Manager, Membership and Community, Stacey Pennicott said.

‘With school holidays as well as the Myer opening activities, there will be an influx of people coming into the CBD, which has the potential to increase the impact on these already strained areas.

‘We are warning all motorists – including commuters, those who work in and around the city, as well as shoppers – to plan ahead, avoid the area if possible and use patience and courtesy when travelling through the CBD and city fringe.’

Ms Pennicott said this week’s traffic issues were an example of how one small change to traffic flow could bring the city to a standstill.

‘The traffic management practices of the past will no longer work,’ she said.

‘The reduction of Liverpool and Murray streets to one lane around the Myer rebuild, along with the changes to traffic flow in Campbell St outside the Royal Hobart Hospital, are just the first of many major construction projects that will have long-term impacts on our traffic flows. 

‘We need to model what the future behaviours of traffic in the CBD will be and how they will be managed.’