Temporary traffic management around the Wollongong education precinct


Project overview

Transport for NSW will carry out temporary traffic management activities around the University of Wollongong (UOW) and TAFE NSW to reduce congestion and ensure the safety of road users.

University of Wollongong campus - August 2022

Temporary changes

Transport for NSW will carry out temporary traffic management activities around the University of Wollongong (UOW) and TAFE NSW from Monday 27 February 2023, to reduce congestion and ensure the safety of road users.

Traffic Management will be in place weekday mornings from 7:45 am to 9:15 am for around six weeks.

  • M1 southbound traffic exiting at University Avenue will be diverted left, to make a u-turn at the eastern roundabout.
  • Traffic at Irvine Street will be diverted left to the University Western Access route via Murphys Avenue and Robsons Road.
  • Motorists accessing the M1 Northbound onramp at Northfields Avenue via Irvine St between 7:45 am and 9:15 am on weekdays may be diverted via Murphys Avenue and Robsons Road if traffic is congested.

Community information

Frequently asked questions

Why do we need a traffic management program?

The start of the teaching year sees thousands of students and staff return to University of Wollongong, Wollongong TAFE and local high schools.

This means that traffic volumes in and around the Wollongong education precinct increases with additional commuters and local motorists expected in peak times.

In the past, the high numbers of road users trying to access the University area have resulted in long queues on the M1 Princes Motorway increasing the risk for crashes and traffic incidents. The traffic has also caused difficulties on local roads.

To keep traffic moving safely on the roads around the university and education precinct while also improving safety on the M1 Princes Motorway, Transport for NSW implements temporary traffic changes at the start of the university year.

Are there still other transport options for me?

Students and staff are still encouraged to consider travel alternatives such as carpooling, catching the bus or train or using active transport such as walking or cycling.

Information about local bus and train timetables can be found on the Transport for NSW website.

Information about local walking and cycling routes can be found on the Wollongong City Council - Sport and Recreation website.

I live in the area, how will the changes affect me?

Residents may experience additional traffic travelling along Murphys Avenue and Robsons Road during peak periods. Residents will continue to always have access to their properties. 

Bus access from University Avenue into Irvine Street will not be affected during diversions and outside peak periods traffic will continue to access the University via Irvine Street and Northfields Avenue.

Tips for your journey

Plan your trip

If you are heading to the Wollongong education precinct or travelling on the M1 through Wollongong, please be aware that the area will be very busy.

If you're driving, plan your trip beforehand using the Live Traffic NSW app. The Live Traffic app allows you to create a trip and receive notifications when traffic incidents occur. Learn more by following our handy Live Traffic guide and download the app for iOS or Android.

If possible, consider making your trip outside of peak times or utilise alternative transport options.

Leave the car at home

The University of Wollongong and NSW TAFE are close to North Wollongong train station. Why not catch the train and make use of the UOW's free shuttle bus from the station or enjoy the short walk or cycle to campus.

Public buses also regularly travel to the university, including the free Wollongong Shuttle.

If you live local, walking or cycling is a great way to get to campus while keeping fit and doing your bit for the environment.

Drive safely

Be aware that there may be long queues at the M1 off ramp so get ready to slow down. If you miss your exit, just take the next one and don't try to merge into a queue. Always follow the directions of traffic controllers.

Most importantly, always allow extra time for your journey and expect the unexpected.

More information

University of Wollongong

Wollongong TAFE

Contact us

For further information about this project, please contact:

Phone: 131 700