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Did the RTA forget about Canberra Day?

By longshanks - 13 March 2012 22

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I was driving home from Sydney yesterday, cruising along the Hume at about 113 km/h, when I hit a huge tailback about 12 or so kms south of the Sutton Forest service centre.

The next 15km (yep, measured it) took almost 2 hours (yep, timed it). There was a lane closed for repairs a little way south of the Marulan service centre, and with all the trucks, and extra traffic generated by people heading home after the long weekend, a huge jam was inevitable.

Anyway, according to the RTA Live Traffic NSW website, these works were scheduled to start yesterday. Seems a bit dumb to schedule major roadworks on the Canberra-bound lane on the Monday of a Canberra long weekend. A case of “didn’t know” or “didn’t care”?

Anyone else get stuck?

Oh and by the way, no, my time is not overly precious, and yes, I got over it, and yes, I’m grateful that I live in a country with (on the whole) decent roads, and no, there were no cyclists involved, and yes, I realise that roadworks are necessary, etc. etc.

[Photo: Paddy’s River Southbound 12 Mar 4pm, by Peter]

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Did the RTA forget about Canberra Day?
loopol 10:35 pm 13 Mar 12

Yes I was also stuck.Left Syd at 1.30pm and would normally arrive in Canberra 4.30pm. Didn’t make it home until 6pm. Never noticed how much litter there is beside the highway until crawling along yesterday. It’s really quite disgusting how filthy people are.

memmum21 9:37 pm 13 Mar 12

We were stuck in this traffic jam for over an hour as we headed back to Canberra on Monday afternoon returning from a weekend in Sydney. We thought the worst – it must be a terrible accident to cause such a long delay. We eventually realised it was two lanes merging to one at Marulan due to the left lane being dug up in a number of places with not one workman in sight repairing the damage. With such a huge amount of traffic coming through why didn’t the police come to assist and possibly open a side lane. What a waste of time and petrol for thousands of motorists – all of us ACT, NSW & VIC plates!

2legdrive 9:12 pm 13 Mar 12

H’mm not sure if anyone noticed but the public holiday was called “Canberra Day”
Not “Drive to Sydney for a long weekend Day”

Maybe if you had all stayed in Canberra and enjoyed the 99th birthday locally this would not have been an issue?

qbngeek 9:12 pm 13 Mar 12

Yes it was Canberra Day, so please explain why NSW RTA should delay roadworks for a day for a public holiday that has no relevance to them? Are you saying that they should not do roadworks on any roads that head towards the ACT on days that the ACT have public holidays?

Whinger.

yellowsnow 8:34 pm 13 Mar 12

Sounds like revenge from RTA workers for Canberra having two extra public holidays than NSW.

goggles13 6:12 pm 13 Mar 12

Reprobate said :

I’m calling conspiracy. There were also lots of roadworks (road base down to mud and loose gravel) on the Kings Highway between the Clyde and Braidwood yesterday. Bloody New South Welshmen, jealous of our extra public holiday…

Mind you if you think the Hume and Kings highways are bad, Brown Mountain is closed due to rockfalls for the next few month and the detour road to Bega/Merimbula via Bombala is currently sub-Third World with potholes spread across full lanes due to the recent rains. Take care!

+1

on Saturday went down this road, and felt like I was in a slalom race!!

MrPC 5:44 pm 13 Mar 12

I got stuck there too. I left Sutton Forest servo at 15:08 according to my receipt, and pulled in for fuel at Goulburn at 17:03. That’s 1h55m for a trip that should be no more than 40 minutes.

Fortunately I’m a NSW resident that happens to work in the ACT, so I called my State MP (John Barilaro)’s office this afternoon for a Please Explain. I’d suggest that any other NSW residents that are outraged by this sort of incompetence do the same.

When I passed Marulan I switched the radio from 702 to 666

On 702 circa 3:30-4:00pm they kept reporting “40km/h limit through Marulan” which eventually changed to “15km queue, 30 to 60 minute delays” (which was BS – the queues were well over an hour long before then). Their traffic report person kept getting reports from RMS but I don’t believe the guy on 702 took them seriously for some time.

On 666 circa 4:45pm the reports were similar but then changed to “It was 15km but it’s eased to 10km” when they had some numptie from NSW RMS interviewed by Louise from the 666 Drive program, who kept saying the maintenance was essential, while dodging the point that Louise was trying to make, in that it was a public holiday monday for people whose jobs are located in the ACT (whether or not they are NSW or ACT residents) and that it’s pretty stupid to conduct planned works when travel demand is at its highest. If the work was so essential, then why were there no workers there at 4:45pm when I eventually made it past the works site?

I understand that it’d have only gotten worse as the night dragged on. The light fog was bad enough at 4:30-4:45pm but add in the lower light, and a higher number of people driving back (most wouldn’t leave Sydney until just before Peak Hour), it probably would have been backed up all the way to Berrima two hours later. Throw in cars overheating and breaking down (I passed several of those), road rage, and the inevitable fender bender (not sure if there were any, but there had to have been), I just can’t imagine how it would have gotten any better before ~9pm.

What has me interested is why did they feel the need to only use the right lane when works weren’t actually taking place? The hard shoulder wasn’t dug up. They could have put half a kilometre of lane dividers up between the left and right lanes in advance of the work, and then diverted the left lane around the works via the hard shoulder. Just a thought.

longshanks 4:10 pm 13 Mar 12

Sandman said :

A perfectly good reason to never travel without an iPhone. Quick look on RTA website to assess the situation and a peek at the maps resulted in a leisurely country drive via Canyonleigh and Carrick Rd’s and about 30 minutes extra trip time over the usual Sydney run.

Well bully for you! And yes, I am jealous – but not enough to get an iPhone.

Sandman 4:01 pm 13 Mar 12

A perfectly good reason to never travel without an iPhone. Quick look on RTA website to assess the situation and a peek at the maps resulted in a leisurely country drive via Canyonleigh and Carrick Rd’s and about 30 minutes extra trip time over the usual Sydney run.

Reprobate 3:59 pm 13 Mar 12

I’m calling conspiracy. There were also lots of roadworks (road base down to mud and loose gravel) on the Kings Highway between the Clyde and Braidwood yesterday. Bloody New South Welshmen, jealous of our extra public holiday…

Mind you if you think the Hume and Kings highways are bad, Brown Mountain is closed due to rockfalls for the next few month and the detour road to Bega/Merimbula via Bombala is currently sub-Third World with potholes spread across full lanes due to the recent rains. Take care!

Solidarity 3:57 pm 13 Mar 12

Hey, me too.

What car were you driving?

G-Fresh 3:47 pm 13 Mar 12

Only a numpty would expect sympathy from the NSW RTA for Canberra motorists.

bikhet 3:07 pm 13 Mar 12

I’d guess both. If they did know and care you’d probably get double demerits too.

dungfungus 3:06 pm 13 Mar 12

This used to happen every Canberra day on Clyde Mountain about 10 years ago. Was almost as if the NSW RTA was delighting in doing this (Canberra bashing). How can we get even with them?

dr phil 2:23 pm 13 Mar 12

I got stuck but gee I had a great perve!

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