Support for stranded motorists in Glasgow and the wider Central Belt has been significantly increased in an effort to cope with extra demand on the road network during the Commonwealth Games.
Scotland TranServ, on behalf of Transport Scotland is strengthening the Trunk Road Incident Support Service (TRISS) provision of patrols and support for drivers who get into difficulties.
Transport Minister Keith Brown said: “All motorists, whether local drivers or Games spectators, can be confident that increased numbers on the road network during Glasgow 2014 will not affect their access to assistance should the need arise. Enhancing TRISS resources means those who experience car difficulties can depend on a robust support service, particularly for visitors to Glasgow who may be unfamiliar with Scottish roads.”
With over 60,000 Park & Ride spaces being provided for spectators, drivers can expect a significant increase in extra road users during the Commonwealth Games as spectators and the travelling public make their way into and around the city. In response to this, the TRISS team has added a further 14 operatives to its team, to cover extended working hours and wider operating areas in preparation with heightened demand for assistance. The Commonwealth Games are taking place from the 23 July to 3 August
Enhanced services during this period will include:
- TRISS team increased from eight to 22 operatives
- Extended TRISS operating hours from 06:00 to 24:00 (normally 06:00 to 19:00)
- Additional TRISS patrols covering Glasgow ‘box’, Central Belt and M74
- Dedicated resources available 24/7 to provide support in the network, with 64 operatives available to be deployed as required
- Additional support in the network control centre throughout the day.
By Philippa Wadsworth