Plan your trip home to avoid traffic delays


Motorists heading home from school holidays this weekend are advised to plan ahead and allow extra travel time, with heavy congestion expected on key corridors.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads and Acting Minister for Transport and Roads Paul Toole said planning journeys ahead could help drivers avoid delays caused by holiday traffic and avoid some roads still affected by recent flooding.

“It’s great so many people chose to visit regional NSW these school holidays, so we do expect to see congestion on some of our key corridors as they return home this weekend,” Mr Toole said.

“For those heading south towards Sydney, pinch points are expected on the Pacific Highway at Coffs Harbour and Hexham, while eastbound traffic on the Great Western Highway at Blackheath will be busy.

“Delays are difficult to predict, but motorists experienced delays in excess of two hours at Blackheath over the Easter long weekend. Traffic will also be heavy on the Princes Highway between Batemans Bay and Albion Park, as well as the M1 Pacific Motorway and NorthConnex.”

A traffic management plan has also been set up at the base of Victoria Pass on the Great Western Highway to help with congestion. Traffic will be queued at the base of the Pass until there is clear road to allow groups of vehicles to travel smoothly to the top of the hill.

Mr Toole said while waiting in traffic could be frustrating, the safety of motorists was a priority, especially with some roads still impacted by the recent extreme flooding.

“Our teams have been working hard to re-open roads so our regional towns can keep moving. Teams remain on the ground all over the state working hard to fix damage to the road network and have been able to open 26 of the 30 affected roads since the flood event,” Mr Toole said.

“Motorists travelling back to Sydney from the west are reminded while Bells Line of Road has re-opened, it is operating with reduced capacity and delays are still expected on both Bells Line and the Great Western Highway.”