School Holiday Driving
Motorists heading out of Sydney or to Sydney Airport for the school holidays, which start today, should allow plenty of travel time and plan ahead using Live Traffic NSW with heavy traffic expected on all major roads out of the city.
Roads approaching the airport are expected to be busy until Monday 10 October, especially between 6:30am and 9:30am as well as between 6pm and 9.30pm on weekdays.
Anyone heading to the Airport can also catch a T2 Airport Line train instead of driving.
Delays can be expected to the north of Sydney on the M1 Pacific Motorway and on the Pacific Highway in Hexham, between Port Macquarie and Kundabung, and through Macksville, Coffs Harbour and Woodburn.
Delays can also be expected to the south of Sydney on the Princes Highway through Albion Park, Berry, Nowra, Milton/Ulladulla and Batemans Bay.
Heavy traffic can also be expected on the Kings Highway between Nelligen and Batemans Bay and around Braidwood, as well as on the Great Western Highway over the Blue Mountains.
Flooding continues to impact a number of roads across the state’s central west. We remind motorists never to drive through flood waters and to use these tips if driving in heavy rain. Information below from www.livetraffic.com:
• The Newell Highway remains closed between Forbes and West Wyalong and is expected to remain closed for some time. Motorists should avoid non-essential travel in this area. The diversions add more than three hours travel time. Motorists who need to travel are being diverted via Parkes, Eugowra, Canowindra, Cowra, Young and Temora. This diversion is not suitable for B-Doubles which are being diverted through Manildra, Canowindra and the Olympic and Mid Western Highways.
• A section of the Newell Highway also remains closed two kilometres south of Gillenbah, with a diversion via Reas Lane and the Sturt Highway.
• Burley Griffin Way remains closed between Ardlethan and Barellan. The diversion for most vehicles is via Grong Grong and Narrandera, using Barellan Road and the Newell Highway. B-Triples and road trains need to use the Newell Highway, the Sturt Highway and Kidman Way.
• The Escort Way remains closed between Forbes and Eugowra.
• Lachlan Valley Way remains closed between Forbes and Cowra, as well as south of Cowra to Morongla Road.
Many other roads are affected by flooding, so motorists should be prepared for sudden changes in conditions, and follow the directions of emergency services and traffic controllers. For the latest information on local council roads, check with councils via their websites.
Footy finals in Sydney
Tickets to both games cover some public transport.
NRL: Sharks take on the Cowboys at Allianz Stadium on Friday night, so traffic will be very heavy, especially during PM peak hour. Shuttle buses will run to Moore Park from Central, but the best way to get to the game is to walk from Central.
AFL: The Giants host the Bulldogs at Spotless Stadium on Saturday night. Tickets cover your travel on trains, so leave the car at home.
Keep up to date with traffic news across the state at Live Traffic NSW or call 132 701. Use www.livetraffic.com it to plan your route, particularly if you need to travel through flood affected areas.
If you need any advice from the NRMA call our Motoring Advice team, on 13 11 22 from Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5pm.