Plan your journey or catch public transport for start of the new university year

26 February 2019

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward MP has today announced that classes at the University of Wollongong are about to return for another year, which means traffic volumes in and around the area will increase.

Mr Ward said that temporary traffic management measures will be carried out from next week to help ease congestion, help traffic to flow better on roads near the university, and improve safety for the community.

“As a former student at the greatest University in the World, I know all too well how traffic volumes increase at this time of year,” Mr Ward said.

“Congestion in and around the university campus can lead to long traffic queues along the M1 Princes Motorway in both directions increasing the risk of crashes.

“Monitoring will ensure the high volumes of people travelling to the university can access the campus without impacting traffic flows on the M1.

“Students and staff are encouraged to plan their journey, monitor traffic and travel times and consider alternative routes. Carpooling is another good option at this busy time of year.

“If you can, walk or hop on a bike or catch public transport including the free Uni or Gong shuttle buses.

“When required, Roads and Maritime will divert motorists onto the existing University Western Access alternative route during the peak times from Monday 4 March for three weeks.

“After three weeks, Roads and Maritime will monitor the area and only carry out traffic management if necessary.

“Based on traffic information from previous years, it is expected motorists will be diverted between about 8.15am and 8.45am from Tuesday to Thursday.

“These temporary traffic changes will reduce queues along the M1 approaching the university exit ramps and provide safer conditions for road users living near the university.

“Traffic will not be diverted unless queuing occurs along the M1.

“Bus access from University Avenue into Irvine Street will not be affected when diversions are in place and northbound traffic will also be unchanged.

“Motorists may notice a new, state of the art traffic monitoring trailer at the roundabout on the southbound exit from the M1 to the University. This trailer is a prototype and will help us to monitor traffic, collect data and review traffic management,” Mr Ward concluded.

Motorists are encouraged to plan their journeys by visiting Live Traffic NSW.

Congestion in and around the university campus is expected to reduce by late March. More information about the traffic changes is available on the Roads and Maritime website.

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