The Traffic Hot Spots To Avoid This Easter Long Weekend
The Easter long weekend is one of the busiest periods on Australia roads, and authorities warn this year will be no different.
Police and road authorities across the country are pleading with drivers and holidaymakers to be extra vigilant on roads around the Easter and Anzac Day long-weekend periods.
Traffic spikes across the country are expected as the public holidays coincide with school holidays in the majority of states and territories.
In NSW, authorities promised to go hard with road safety with 6000 additional policing hours to be deployed across roads for the holiday breaks, alongside more than a week's worth of double demerits.
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Roads and Maritime Director of Regional Operations, Anna Andrews, urged people to plan ahead in order to avoid delays.
“Whether you’re coming from Sydney or regional NSW, or inter-state, please check out our holiday journeys webpage for information about traffic hotspots and alternative road options that may provide a smoother journey," Andrews said.
Roads and Maritime staff will also be set up at service centres and rest areas ahead of known hotspots and delay points to give more accurate real-time traffic information for travelers.
Hundreds of thousands of Aussies are expected to take to the road to visit family and friends or go on short holidays over the Easter period, so what are the most congested areas in your state?
New South Wales
According to the RMS who collated data from previous Easter holiday periods, Friday 19 and Monday 22 April are looking to be the busiest days on NSW roads.
The worst of the delays are expected across several major roads and highways which are tipped to see up to 40 minutes longer additional travel time in some areas:
- Pacific Highway at Woodburn: drivers travelling northbound are expected to experience the worst delays in the state, peaking up to 40 minutes in the three-hour period between 12pm and 3pm on Monday April 22.
- Pacific Highway at Hexham is expecting peak delays of up to 35 minutes for motorists heading southbound between 12pm and 3pm on Monday April 22.
- Nelson Bay Road at Salt Ash also southbound is expecting peak delays of up to 20 minutes between 10am and 12pm on Monday 22 April.
- Princes Highway at Albion Park heading southbound should expect delays of up to 20 minutes between 12pm and 3pm on Thursday 18 April and again between 10am and 3pm on Friday 19 April.
- Princes Highway at Nowra: northbound motorists on Monday 22 April will likely be hit with delays of up to 30 minutes between 10am and 3pm.
RMS also encouraged road users to take advantage of rest areas at Yelgun, Clybucca, Warnervale and Nungarry over the Easter break.
Meanwhile, motorists in Victoria should expect more traffic on a number of major roadways across the state including the Hume Freeway, Great Ocean Road, Bellarine Highway, Mornington Peninsula Freeway, South Gippsland Highway and Princes Freeway through Gippsland.
VicRoads are expecting Thursday afternoon, the day before Good Friday, to be most heavily congested, as well Easter Monday during the late morning to late afternoon period.
Road authorities will focus on the Princes Freeway from Geelong, the Hume Freeway, the South Gippsland Highway, the Melba and Maroondah highways and the Mornington Peninsula Freeway/Eastlink.
QLD Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey urged motorists to stay safe over the long-weekend by sticking to the speed limit and being considerate of increased traffic on the roads.
Four people were killed and 102 others hospitalised in crashes across the state in last year's Easter long weekend period, Bailey said.
“Easter is generally a time spent with family and friends and we want it to be safe for all Queenslanders on the road.”
Ahead of the Easter period, the state government launched the first road safety campaign to use neuroscience to change driving behaviour.
"With the help of a behavioural neuroscientist we devised eight simple exercises to help Queenslanders stop speeding, stop being distracted and focus on driving," Bailey said.
Neuroscientist Lucia Kelleher who developed the exercises said they were a combination of actions to cater for both cognitive and sensory learners.
“The research experiments were specifically designed to break this ‘auto-pilot’ mode by bringing drivers into the present and pay more attention to their speed," Kelleher said, explaining the experiment tried "to break the entrenched habit of low-level speeding".
In WA, double demerits will come into effect from midnight on Wednesday night until midnight on Monday April 22.
A spokesperson for Main Roads told 10 daily they were expecting an increase in traffic over the Easter break.
"Typically we see an increase in congestion on the Kwinana Freeway southbound from the Thursday afternoon with holidaymakers heading to the southwest region for the long weekend," the spokesperson said.
"Traffic can also be slow moving around Bunbury. Indian Ocean Drive to the north carries additional holiday traffic."
"Slow spots north of Busselton and on the Kwinana Freeway northbound occur on Monday as holidaymakers return to Perth."
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