Prepare to tackle the traffic: State of Origin

As Queenslanders threw on their maroon jerseys for the first State of Origin game on Wednesday, the State’s peak motoring body urged footy fans to plan ahead for busy roads in the Brisbane area.

Maroons crowd

RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter encouraged those who planned to drive to the event to get their game plan ready as traffic changes would be in place in and around Lang Park.

“You need to think about how you might tackle the traffic tonight if you’ve got a seat at the game. It’s a good idea to ditch the car altogether and jump on the free public transport available to ticket holders,” Ms Hunter said.

“There’ll also be 15 minute parking restrictions in place in the Lang Park Traffic Area which incorporates parts of Milton, Rosalie, Paddington, Kelvin Grove and Red Hill. Don’t risk a getting a penalty in the form of a hefty parking fine, as only those with permits are permitted to park here.

Some roads will also be closed before, during and up to an hour following the game including timed  closures on Roma Street, Milton Road, Petrie Terrace and Caxton Street. There’ll be signage in place to ensure you’re not caught off guard – so pay attention and check RACQ Road Conditions for the latest.”

Ms Hunter also urged game-goers to make it their goal to get to there and back home again safely.

“Those planning on having a few beers also need to think about a Plan B,” she said.

“If you drink tonight, make sure your way home doesn’t involve getting behind the wheel. That might mean calling a sober mate, using rideshare or a taxi or catching public transport.

“The only loss we want to see tonight is on the scoreboard for the Blues.”