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08 Jul 2022
Be vigilant on the roads as wet weather impacts continue

Travellers are being asked to take care if they are on the roads over the weekend and into next week with many roads from the Mid-North Coast to the South Coast still impacted by the severe weather.

Transport for NSW Executive Director Customer Coordination, Roger Weeks, said flooding and multiple landslips have damaged a number of roads in Greater Sydney and regional NSW.

“As the weather begins to clear, we are still asking people to please avoid all non-essential road travel, where possible, as crews are still assessing damage and floodwaters have not yet receded in parts of the State,” Mr Weeks said.

“The current major road impacts are closures to multiple sections of the New England Highway in the Hunter, while Putty Road at Singleton is closed in both directions. Lane closures are also in place on the M1 Princes Motorway at Mount Ousley due to cracks in the shoulder.”

“If you do need to travel at this time, check livetraffic.com for the most up-to-date information on road closures before heading out. Please follow the directions of our traffic crews and never drive into floodwaters.

“The teams are doing a tremendous job and are working closely with other emergency service crews to ensure hazards like fallen trees, or damaged roads are dealt with immediately and to provide escorts for heavy vehicles to keep goods moving. 

“We know it has been a tough time for many impacted communities and we are doing all we can to reconnect them as quickly and safely as possible.”

Transport for NSW is reminding all road users to take extra care during the winter months, as roads may be wet and icy, and visibility can be poor. Motorists should reduce speed, limit sudden braking, use daytime driving lights and keep an increased distance between cars in front.

Mr Weeks said the wet weather continues to impact our public transport services and customers need to plan ahead if they are using the network.

“Buses, trains and ferries are still experiencing delays and cancellations due to this weather event so check transportnsw.info for the latest updates on how public transport services in your area are impacted,” he said.

“Due to a major landslip along the main western rail line across the Blue Mountains, which will take weeks to repair, passenger and freight services remain impacted. For anyone needing to use rail services from the Central West make sure you jump online to plan ahead and allow extra travel time for your journey.

“Thank you for working with us as we get this clean up underway and please continue to show our frontline workers your understanding and patience.”

Transport for NSW is encouraging anyone travelling during school holidays to download the BoM Weather App, and check the latest traffic updates by downloading the Live Traffic NSW app, visiting livetraffic.com or calling 132 701.