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Preparing for the October long weekend traffic

The October long weekend is a busy time on our roads with holidaymakers taking advantage of the three day break. The long weekend also coincides with the end of the ski season and Victorian and NSW school holidays. 

Mr Jonathon Crocker,  A/Director Operations said lengthy delays can be avoided by planning ahead and Transport for NSW is helping motorist by providing information about traffic hotspots and alternative road options that may provide a smoother journey. 

“We’ve used a combination of traffic data from previous years and predictive analytics to help motorists better understand what to expect on their journeys.”

Mr Crocker said the same method was used during previous holiday periods where we found the delays motorists experienced in real time closely aligned with our predictions, proving it’s a useful tool to help plan your journey.

“It’s important to remember the delay information is in addition to the time it would take to travel through these areas on an average day.

“We will also have Transport for NSW staff set up at the Nungarry and Wirriwin rest areas ahead of known hotspots and delay points to give real time traffic information, return journey details, safety tips and support to travellers.”

“Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead, get a good night’s sleep before they travel and take regular breaks.”

Additional message boards will be displaying real time information ahead of key traffic hotspots to assist travellers plan ahead or refer to Live Traffic to real time updates.

Based on traffic flow information from previous years and predictive analytics motorists can expect heavy holiday traffic at the following locations on the NSW South Coast: 

Princes Highway at Albion Park

Southbound trip on Friday 4 October between 10am and 3pm delays of up to 30 minutes can be expected.

Southbound trip on Saturday 5 October between 10am and 3pm delays of 5 to 10 minutes can be expected.

Northbound return trip on Monday 7 October between 10am and 12pm delays of up to 10 minutes, between 12pm and 3pm delays of up to 20 minutes and between 3pm and 6pm delays of up to 15 minutes can be expected.

Princes Highway at Nowra

Southbound trip on Friday 4 October between 10am and 12pm delays of up to 10 minutes and between 12pm and 6pm delays of up to 20 minutes can be expected.   

Northbound return trip on Monday 7 October between 10am and 3pm delays of 10 to 15 minutes can be expected.  

Princes Highway at Milton

Southbound trip on Friday 4 October between 10am and 12pm delays of up to 10 minutes and between 12pm and 3pm delays of up to 20 minutes can be expected.  

Southbound trip on Saturday 5 October between 10am and 3pm delays of up to 10 minutes can be expected.  

Princes Highway at Ulladulla

Southbound trip on Friday 4 October between 10am and 12pm delays of up to 10 minutes can be expected.  

Northbound return trip on Monday 7 October between 10am and 3pm delays of 10 to 15 minutes can be expected. 

Princes Highway at Batemans Bay

Southbound trip on Friday 4 October between 12pm and 3pm delays of up to 10 minutes can be expected.   

Kings Highway at Batemans Bay

Southbound trip on Friday 4 October between 10am and 3pm delays of 10 to 15 minutes can be expected. 

Kings Highway at Braidwood

Northbound return trip on Monday 7 October between 12pm and 3pm delays of up to 15 minutes can be expected.

If you are keen to take an alternative route to your holiday destination which avoids the know pinch points, Destination NSW offers great advice to plan your trip www.visitnsw.com/things-to-do/drives-and-road-trips

Start planning now by visiting the holiday journeys webpage: rms.nsw.gov.au/holiday-journeys.

Transport for NSW thanks motorists for their patience during this time. For the latest traffic updates, download the Live Traffic NSW App, visit livetraffic.com or call 132 701.


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