27. 09. 12. - 15:03
Police in Tyrol say they are well prepared to tackle a planned demonstration by the Transitforum Austria-Tirol of the A12 Inntalautobahn tomorrow (Friday).
Around 100 police officers are expected to be on duty according to the head of the regional traffic police in Tyrol, Markus Widmann.
But he warned that it was still likely to mean delays of up to 2 hours for the average driver.
The organisation Transitforum Austria-Tirol which wants to see limits on the amount of heavy goods vehicle traffic heading through the province is planning a demonstration between 11.00 and 23.00 between Schwaz and Vomp. It means that the section will not be usable by traffic.
They say that there should be clean air for young and for old and for visitors to the region and say that the current levels of pollution from heavy goods vehicles is about 70 to 120% over what is allowed. They want a regional ban on traffic in some sections and speed limits for lorries and buses and cars to be reduced.
The demonstration was registered beforehand but the head of the local Council Karl Mark said he had seen no reason to object to it.
He said they would be taking steps to make sure emergency vehicles could still use the section of road other than that would not be interfering.
Anybody thinking of travelling through the region is advised to stay away on Friday and to try and find an alternative route.
Car traffic will be diverted over Vomp and Schwaz on the L389 and the Tiroler Straße B171.
Lorries in contrast will be asked to park on the hard shoulder or ordered into car parks to wait out the blockade.
Those that were warned in advance were advised to take an alternative route through Switzerland or France or alternatively along the Austrian A10 Tauernautobahn or A9 Phyrnautobahn.