All lanes on Kwinana Freeway have now re-opened following a car fire that caused traffic chaos for Easter holidaymakers returning to Perth after spending the long weekend down south.
- A car fire caused traffic chaos at South Terrace on Kwinana Freeway northbound
- All lanes on the freeeway have now re-opened
- South West tourism operators did a roaring trade over the weekend
The car burst into flames just before 3:00pm, temporarily forcing the closure of Kwinana Freeway northbound at South Terrace and bringing the traffic to a standstill.
It is not known what caused the blaze but it was extinguished within 30 minutes of being reported.
Nobody was injured and the traffic has eased.
Two 9-kilogram gas cylinders were removed from the vehicle, which was towed away just after 4:00pm.
Roads in the south-west were packed as holidaymakers flocked to the region late last week.
Sharna Kearney, joint chief executive of the Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association, said it had been a busy weekend, which was typical for Easter in most years.
“Operators have been reporting that they’ve been pretty full, certainly from an accommodation perspective,” she said.
Ms Kearney said restaurants and cafes had been performing very well and the majority of tour operators were sold out too.
The sunny weather helped.
But she said the region’s popularity brought its own demands.
“It’s been a challenging year for tour operators,” she said.
“The visitation patterns have been really mixed so they have been having much quieter mid-weeks and weekends have been much busier.
“Trading periods like this do make it difficult for operators because they have to scale up so quickly in terms of staff and supplies and facilities and all those sorts of things, so they’ve done an incredible job in preparing and delivering this weekend.
“I think a lot of businesses are still struggling to get to the amount of staff that they require to run their operations.
“It is a real balancing act for them at the moment because they are staring down the barrel of what is the typically much quieter period of time so they don’t necessarily want to scale up too much in terms of staffing but they need enough to get through these very busy weekends.”