Sydney motorists planning to drive north for the weekend have been urged to plan the time of their travel as heavy traffic is expected this Friday afternoon.
“Based on recent experience, we believe that there will be a lot of people planning to get out of Sydney to take advantage of the school holidays and the clearing weather, which means that our roads will be busier than normal,” said Howard Collins, A/Deputy Secretary of Greater Sydney, Transport for NSW.
“We are expecting Friday afternoon to be particularly busy from around 3pm heading out of Sydney to the north on the M1. So our key message to anyone hoping to have a break north of Sydney is to leave much earlier and avoid congestion if you can, so you spend more time on your holiday, and less time in the car.”
Early figures from Transport for NSW estimated a 15 per cent increase in traffic volumes last weekend, which contributed to delays for motorists on key arterial roads heading out of Sydney.
“The M1 Pacific Motorway has traditionally been one of the most heavily congested roads around Sydney, and the new NorthConnex tunnel has helped provide additional capacity on this popular thoroughfare,” Mr Collins said.
“Tens of thousands of motorists every day are saving up to 15 minutes in travel time and bypassing 21 sets of traffic lights on Pennant Hills Road. Since opening, on average, 37,000 vehicles have used NorthConnex each day, with large vehicle traffic averaging 18 per cent.”
“With record numbers of Sydneysiders getting into the holiday spirit and planning road trips and getaways, we are working hard to manage the network and minimise disruption as much as possible.
“We are also investigating how we can improve the flow of traffic around access to the M1 particularly during busy periods to avoid closures of the NorthConnex Pennant Hills Road on-ramp as much as possible.
“Transport for NSW and the NorthConnex operator are working closely together on improvements to ensure a more reliable journey onto the M1.”
Motorists should continue to check Live Traffic for the latest updates on road closures and traffic conditions.