(QldGovSpin) Agreement encourages cooperation on urban traffic management in Cairns

Submitted by Editor on Fri, 03/09/2004 - 01:19

Minister for Transport and Main Roads Paul Lucas said the Beattie Government and Cairns City Council were devising a cooperative approach to traffic management on state-controlled and council roads in Cairns.

Transport & Main Roads, Paul Lucas

Mr Lucas said Main Roads and the local Council would soon sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the joint management of traffic control.

"Like many other MOU's between the State Government, this agreement will allow the department of Main Roads and council to work towards common goals," Mr Lucas said.

"This understanding will include monitoring arrangements such as traffic lights and closed circuit televisions.

"This MOU may also include using Main Roads' traffic management centre as the primary focus of real-time traffic management for both the state and major local roads.

"In addition to monitoring and managing traffic flows, the centre may be used to reduce delays and improve safety on the state-controlled road network."

Cairns City Mayor Kevin Byrne said the MOU would complement the existing close working relationship between Main Roads and the council.

"This will include sharing information and resources, where practical, to enhance traffic management on council and state-controlled roads," Cr Byrne said.

Cr Byrne said while the agreement encouraged a uniform approach to traffic management in Cairns, specific issues such as upgrading traffic control equipment were subject to the availability of funding.

Main Roads is responsible for the state-controlled road network, which includes the main arterial roads into Cairns - Mulgrave Road, Ray Jones Drive, Sheridan Street, the Cairns Western Arterial Road, and the Bruce Highway - while Cairns City Council is responsible for other local roads within the city.

Member for Cairns Desley Boyle welcomed the agreement and said it followed other successful MOU's with the Gold Coast City Council and various Sunshine Coast councils.

"We in Cairns are aware of increasing traffic on our roads and this fits with the fact that Cairns grew by 3000 people last year.

"When people drive on our local roads, I don't think they need to know, or care, whether they are Main Roads or Cairns City Council traffic lights. What they do care about is that all traffic lights are controlled together so they the traffic moves as smoothly as possible.

"I'm pleased Main Roads has worked with the local council to maximise the efficiency and operating effectiveness of the city's overall road network, Ms Boyle said.

"This will result in good coordination on traffic matters between the two levels of Government."

The MOU will be reviewed in 12 months.

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