The ACT Government has provided details about how people can safely enjoy the Summernats City Cruise at midday today, Thursday 7 January 2016, as well as the temporary disruption it will cause to motorists, pedestrians and ACTION passengers.
The Cruise will take place from the entrance to Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) off Flemington Road and will travel down the Federal Highway and Northbourne Avenue through to the intersection with London Circuit. It then returns along Northbourne Avenue, concluding at the entrance to EPIC at the intersection of Federal Highway/Stirling Avenue.
“The Summernats City Cruise, a convoy of the best vehicles from the event, promises to attract a wide range of Canberrans and visitors,” Acting Director, Roads ACT, Ken Marshall said.
“It is important the Cruise takes place safely so the Federal Highway and Northbourne Avenue will be temporarily closed in sections as the convoy passes. For the duration of the Cruise, Flemington Road between Randwick Road and the Federal Highway will also be temporarily closed.”
The ACTION network will be impacted for about 30 minutes either side of the convoy. Passengers are advised to factor this into their travel plans.
“The Cruise will travel at approximately 30 kilometres per hour with a police escort involving a lead car and trailing car to ensure a consistent spread throughout the Cruise. Roads ACT will also coordinate the traffic lights for the Cruise to ensure it proceeds smoothly. Access will be provided for emergency service vehicles if necessary,” Mr Marshall said.
“The best vantage points are in the city and at the entrance to EPIC at the intersection of the Federal Highway and Stirling Avenue. These locations are where the vehicles will be travelling at their slowest so people have more of a chance to see them. There is also parking available in the city and parking is available at EPIC via Old Well Station Road, off the Federal Hwy.”
For public safety reasons, the public is not permitted to watch the Cruise from the central median strip on Northbourne Avenue or the Federal Highway. An alcohol ban is also in place along the Federal Highway and Northbourne Avenue for the duration of the Cruise.
Uniformed police officers will have a presence along the route to assist with crowd control. All road rules will apply for the event. Staff from the Road Transport Authority will be monitoring vehicles prior to their participation.
If you have any questions, please contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81. For more information on Summernats please visit www.summernats.com.au. Updates on the convoy will be provided via the TAMS Twitter site @tamsmediaroom (www.twitter.com/tamsmediaroom)