Transport Management Centre warn motorists as holidays begin
WITH heavy traffic expected our local main roads as the Christmas Holidays begin, motorists are being urged to allow plenty of travel time and plan their trip accordingly.
"During the start of the Christmas holidays and in the lead up to Christmas, major roads in New South Wales typically see a dramatic increase in traffic volumes as motorists travel away for their holidays,' a spokesperson for the Transport Management Centre said.
"Traffic volumes on some roads can double and sometimes even triple during the holiday period."
"In particular, the M1 Pacific Motorway and the Pacific Highway both see a large increase in traffic volumes."
"The Oxley Highway and Nelson Bay Road also sees an increase in traffic during the holiday period."
"If you're planning on travelling between 18 December and 4 January, 2016 make sure you allow plenty of travel time," the Spokesperson said.
Heavy holiday traffic is expected at various locations including Woodburn and Ewingsdale on the Northern Rivers.
At these key locations the huge traffic volumes have resulted in delays of up to 25kms andan hour and a half in travel time for motorists.
"To help minimise delays Traffic Commanders as well as additional resources will be in place," the spokesperson said.
"As well, lane closures, intermittent traffic stoppages and short term worksite speed zones will be lifted at various locations to help keep traffic flowing."
Anyone heading off on a long trip should plan their trip, expect lengthy delays and take plenty of regular breaks.
"Remember the busiest time to travel is generally between 10am and 5pm, it's also a good idea to ensure you have plenty of water, as there may be a significant increase in travel time for some journeys," the spokesperson said.