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

Temporary changes

Transport for NSW will carry out temporary traffic management activities around the University of Wollongong (UOW) and TAFE NSW from Monday 26 February 2024, 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.
  • If congestion is observed on Irvine Street, traffic 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.

With the return of the school year, we often seen an increase in traffic volumes in and around the Wollongong Education Precinct, with additional commuters and local motorists expected in peak times.

In the past, the high numbers of road users trying to access the area have resulted in long queues on the M1 Princes Motorway, increasing the risk for traffic incidents.

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

How can I travel to UOW or TAFE?

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

The free "Gong Shuttle" bus (routes 55A and 55C) runs every 10 minutes in a loop around Wollongong making stops at North Wollongong Station, Fairy Meadow Station, Gywneville, Wollongong University and Innovation Campus.

There is also the North Gong (NG) Shuttle which transports commuters from North Wollongong Station to the University of Wollongong campus. This service operates weekdays from 7.50am to 10pm.

Bus access from University Avenue into Irvine Street will not be affected during the traffic management plan.

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

If you need to access the M1 Northbound ramp (towards Sydney) at Northfields Avenue during peak periods, you will be diverted via Murphys Avenue and Robsons Road. Alternatively, motorists can also join the M1 Motorway Northbound from Robsons Rd at West Wollongong.

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