Bumper crowds are expected to head to the Alpine region for the start of the NSW school holidays and Transport for NSW is advising families to plan their journey and ensure the safety of their precious cargo on-board.
A/Director Southern Region, Mr Brendon James said scores of parents across NSW are expected to take the kids for some fun on the slopes over the holidays with heavy traffic predicted along the Hume Highway, Federal Highway, Monaro Highway, Snowy Mountains Highway, Kosciuszko Road and Alpine Way.
“Motorists are encouraged to visit Live Traffic before starting their trip to ensure they are aware of current conditions on the road network so they can plan and make informed journey decisions.”
“Some people will be headed to the snow for the first time and won’t be used to driving in the snow and ice conditions,” he said.
“Motorists need to take care when driving at night, at dawn or dusk and be aware of black ice, which is difficult to see and can remain on the road even during fine days.
“Expect heavy traffic and delays, carry snow chains and fit them when directed in the designated chain fitting bays. Take regular breaks in Rest Areas or at places like Jindabyne, Canberra, Cooma, Adaminaby, Tumut and Berridale.”
Motorists should also be aware there will be a gradual increase in truck movements on the Snowy Mountains Highway from this year as part of the Snowy 2.0 project.
Mr James reminded motorists to drive to the conditions, plan ahead and allow additional travel time.
“We want families to have fun but we also want to ensure everyone gets to their destination safely and efficiently,” he said.
More information is available to plan a safe trip to the snow at snowsafe.org.au.
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For the latest traffic updates call 132 701, visit livetraffic.com or download the Live Traffic NSW App.