Qld unveils webcams to reduce traffic congestion

Queensland Government switches on another 60 traffic webcams to help reduce congestion on the road network

September 24, 2010

A new batch of traffic webcams has been switched on in South East Queensland to reduce congestion on the region's busy traffic network.

The 60 webcams are situated at some of the busiest intersections of the road network and boost the number of units to 137 around the state.

Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace says the webcams stream live vision to Queensland’s traffic website to alert motorists of potential hazards, accidents and delays on busy roads.

"The new webcams will give a bird's eye view of some of the busiest intersections and roads in south east Queensland," he says.

"They're the latest reinforcements in our fight to tackle traffic congestion."

Other webcams operate on the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, in the Darling Downs, Townsville, Cairns, Roma and in the Wide Bay region.

Wallace says webcams will save people time because they will be able to plan their journey.

The implementation of the new webcams comes as the Department of Transport and Main Roads signs a new agreement with Queensland Police to reduce congestion.

Under the agreement, a police officer will be based at Brisbane Metropolitan Transport Management Centre's control room during peak times. Wallace says the officer will be able to activate emergency services to make sure accidents and delays are dealt with quickly.

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