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Motorists reminded to prepare for Superloop 500 slowdown

Friday, 22nd Feb 2019

RAA is advising motorists to leave home up to 30 minutes earlier to avoid the gridlock caused by the Superloop 500 traffic restrictions.

The warning comes as traffic restrictions increase ahead of the supercar race, which will cause delays from this Saturday through to 6 March.

RAA Senior Manager Road Safety Charles Mountain said that not surprisingly, motorists using the major roads on the eastern side of the city experience the greatest impact.

“Payneham Road and Lower North East Road are the slowest, taking commuters up to 30 minutes longer to travel than it otherwise would during the peak period, at an average speed of 13km/h,” Mr Mountain said.

“Magill Road journeys take, on average, an extra 20 minutes longer than they would normally.

“Greenhill Road and The Parade are also affected by the road closures, taking 15 minutes longer than normal.’’

An RAA road survey during last year’s event showed traffic congestion was the worst on the Tuesday morning, when travel speeds fell below 15km/h on 59 sections of roads for traffic heading into the city – 50 more than on a typical weekday.

The afternoon peak was worst on the Wednesday, when 50 sections of roads recorded sub 15km/h speeds compared to 22 sections on a normal weekday. 

Friday was the least congested, showing 27 sections below 15/km/h in the morning and 35 in the afternoon.

Mr Mountain said that by the end of the week more commuters had opted to cycle or park outside the CBD to accommodate the traffic restrictions.

“The delays not only affect motorists, they also impact commuters using bus services,” Mr Mountain said.

“Unpredictable factors such as road accidents and incidents can further slow travel times on already congested roads, so road users need to keep this in mind when planning their journeys.

He urged drivers to use the State Government’s Addinsight app, which provides real-time congestion information to help people plan their journeys.

“We’d also advise commuters affected by the Superloop 500 road closures to consider alternative work arrangements when possible, such as changing the start and end time of their work day, or working from home.’’

To help ease traffic congestion, RAA is providing free and regular shuttle buses for Superloop fans from the Adelaide Railway Station to the event.

The buses depart Adelaide Railway Station, North Terrace, every 15 minutes (maximum wait 25 minutes), commencing at 9.00am every day of the event with the last service arriving in Victoria Square at 11.00pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.

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