Transport for NSW is urging motorists to take extra precaution when planning their journeys this holiday season due to the number of uncontained fires and increased traffic volumes along the eastern seaboard of New South Wales.
TfNSW has revealed traffic information about key locations in NSW to help holiday goers better plan their journeys, and is encouraging motorists to install the NSW Rural Fire Service Fires Near Me and Live Traffic NSW apps on their mobile devices for further information about road conditions across the state.
Sam Knight, Director South region says as Christmas approaches, we will be experiencing the busiest time of the year on our roads with hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers heading to their favourite destinations up and down the NSW coasts.
“Based on last year’s traffic data, we predict the weekend before Christmas and the weekend before New Year will be the busiest times to travel along the east coast of NSW.”
Batemans Bay and Jervis Bay in the south have been identified as significant traffic hotspots over this period, with up to 60 minute delays in these locations.
“It’s time to plan ahead and save yourself some journey time!”
Find out how by visiting the holiday journeys webpage: www.rms.nsw.gov.au/holiday-journeys
Ms Knight says you will find expected journey information over the peak travel days, as well as alternative roads to avoid the queues.
“While planning your journey, remember to include breaks along the way in our many public rest areas, or get off the highways to explore one of NSW’s scenic towns,” Ms Knight says.
Transport for NSW will be using its traffic management systems to assist with the heavier traffic that is anticipated around Albion Park Rail, Nowra, Milton, Ulladulla and Batemans Bay.
Most road work and speed restrictions will be lifted during the Christmas season to make travel easier, except for emergency, maintenance and safety work during this time.
Electronic message signs will be on the highway providing real time travel advice on the road.
For traffic information about key locations in NSW, visit: www.rms.nsw.gov.au/holiday-journeys
For the latest traffic updates download the Live Traffic NSW App, visit livetraffic.com or call 132 701.
For live bushfire updates, visit: rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/fires-near-me
Worst days to travel on our roads - from this Wednesday when NSW public schools break up….
- Friday 20th, Saturday 21st, Monday 23rd and Friday 27th Dec
- Thursday 2nd Jan
Coastal areas where most delays are expected prior to Xmas
- Nowra on the south coast – delays of between 20-45 minutes are expected
Delays expected between Xmas and New Year
- Bateman’s Bay on the south coast –delays in all directions up to 75 minutes
- Nowra and Jervis Bay will be problem spots as well
Delays expected following New Years
- Jervis Bay on the south coast – delays up to 75 minutes
- Nowra and Bateman’s Bay - delays up to 30 minutes