Motorists urged to plan ahead for Queen’s Baton Relay event

Tasmanian motorists have been urged to plan ahead ready for the Queen’s Baton Relay event being held in the State this week.


Motorists may face delays of up to 15 minutes while roads are temporarily closed as the baton relay progresses along the route.


The relay will be held in Launceston on Wednesday 7 February, with the first segment of the Tasmanian leg with the baton travelling from East Launceston Primary School to Civic Square between approximately 9:15am – 10:30am.


That afternoon, the City of Devonport and City of Burnie will host their segments of the relay commencing at Devonport at approximately 1:45pm and concluding on the Burnie Waterfront at approximately 5:30pm.


“Wednesday is also the first day of the new school term for 2018 for the majority of state school students across the state, so we’re encouraging drivers to be aware and vigilant of all pedestrians and particularly the younger members of our community as they return to school after the summer holidays,” Commander Brett Smith said.


On Friday 9 February, the cities of Clarence, Glenorchy and Hobart all host segments of the relay at various times throughout the day.


Commander Smith said that motorists were advised to plan their trip ahead so that any delays were minimised.

“We are working closely with the relay’s organisers, local communities and State and Territory police agencies on arrangements for the Queen’s Baton Relay and we’re committed to making the relay a safe, successful and joyous event for all Tasmanians,” he said.


“We understand that closing roads – even for a short period of time – can be disruptive, so we’re asking motorists to plan ahead to make sure that any delays are minimised.

“We’re encouraging people to check out any road closures in advance – and plan their trip accordingly.”


Commander Smith said that there will be a strong and visible police presence on all road and at static events to ensure safety and security of all participants and spectators.


For a full list of affected roads, check out the Tasmania Police Facebook page www.facebook/tas.police or


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