New clearways improve travel times on key route through Sydney's South

14 December 2017

Road users are experiencing reductions in travel time on the Princes Highway at Heathcote after an existing summer clearway between Jennings and Heathcote roads was extended last year to operate all year.

A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said the clearways were extended as part of the NSW Government’s $121 million Clearways Program, which aims to reduce delays and congestion by maximising use of existing road space.

“The NSW Government extended the existing northbound Sunday afternoon and public holiday clearway, which is in place during the summer months, in August last year as part of a broader strategy to keep Sydney moving,” the spokesperson said.

“Since the clearway was extended on this section of the Princes Highway, travel times have improved for motorists and freight operators.

“The Princes Highway is one of the gateways to the South Coast where visitors can find some of the most beautiful beaches in the state and we want to ensure motorists can enjoy a reliable trip when making their way to some of the most beautiful beaches in the state.

“The clearway on this busy stretch of the Princes Highway now operates all year round and motorists are now saving up to a minute and 12 seconds which is a huge win.

“This means road users travelling back to Sydney from Wollongong and the South Coast can experience a clear road ahead on this 1.8 kilometre section of the Princes Highway.”

The spokesperson said the NSW Government has delivered more than 250 kilometres of new and extended clearways since the end of 2013 to keep road users moving.

“Introducing clearways on key transport corridor through Sydney helps manage congestion for motorists and improve journey reliability,” the spokesperson said.

“A single parked car can significantly reduce road capacity and cause major delays on busy major road corridors during peak times so it’s important to ensure all lanes are available to improve journey reliability for motorists.

“This stretch of road is now more reliable for the thousands of motorists making their way home after a relaxing weekend away.”

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