Plan a safe journey in and around Western NSW these holidays

20 December 2017

Motorists are reminded to plan ahead, allow additional travel time and drive to the conditions through the Western region this holiday season.

With scores of motorists headed to their destination of choice these summer holidays, Roads and Maritime Services encourages all motorists to be courteous on the road and to be mindful heavy traffic is expected at certain pinckpoints across the state.

A Roads and Maritime spokesperson said all major road building work will be suspended from next Friday 22 December to Sunday 7 January inclusive as well as on Australia Day on Friday 26 January to reduce delays for road users.

High traffic volumes are expected from the start of the school holidays to the Australia Day weekend. Peak travel periods when many people choose to travel start from Boxing Day Tuesday 26 to Thursday 28 December and on Fridays and weekends,” the spokesperson said.

Reduced speed limits will be in place:

  • At Trewilga on the Newell Highway, 40 kilometres north of Parkes, an 80 km/h speed limit will be in place from Friday 22 December to Sunday 7 January inclusive
  • At Guanna Hill on the Mitchell Highway, 21 kilometres north of Orange, speed limits of 60 km/h and 80 km/h will be in place from Friday 22 December to Sunday 7 January inclusive.

The spokesperson said no one likes being stuck in traffic and road users are advised to plan ahead and allow extra travel time.

“Motorists are also reminded to slow down in urban areas with a high number of pedestrians expected to be accessing shopping strips, malls and popular tourist destinations including beaches.

“High pedestrian activity is expected including at recreational areas along the coast and parks and motorists need to slow down and remain cautious.

“Double demerits will also be in place from Friday 22 December to Tuesday 2 January inclusive and road users need to drive to the conditions.”

Motorists are encouraged to take a break at one of around 80 Driver Reviver Sites throughout NSW to reduce fatigue with locations to be made available in December on the Centre for Road Safety website.

Plan ahead, allow extra travel time and follow all signs. For live traffic information visit www.livetraffic.com or call 132 701.

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