Plan a safe journey in and around The Hunter and Central Coast these holidays

20 December 2017

Motorists are reminded to plan ahead, allow additional travel time and drive to the conditions through the Hunter and Central Coast 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 heavier than usual traffic is expected at certain pinchpoints across the state.

A Roads and Maritime spokesperson said major road building work will be suspended from this 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 times when many people choose to start travelling is from Boxing Day Tuesday 26 to Thursday 28 December and on Fridays and weekends,” the spokesperson said.

“Delays can be expected on the M1 Pacific Motorway with possible delays at Warnervale and congestion likely for northbound traffic at the northern end of the Motorway. Congestion is also likely between Beresfield and the Hexham Bridge and through the roundabout at Masonite Road at Heatherbrae.

“Heavy southbound traffic flow and delays are also expected as people return to Sydney from holidays on the North Coast in January.

“Work will stop on Tourle Street and Cormorant Road from Friday 22 December to Monday 8 January between the bridge and Egret Street and the 60 km/h reduced speed limit will remain in place.”

The spokesperson said major upgrade work will stop from Friday 22 December to Wednesday 3 January 2018 and the reduced 80 km/h speed limit will remain in place on the M1 Pacific Motorway between Tuggerah and Doyalson.

“No one likes being stuck in traffic and road users are advised to plan ahead, allow extra travel time and drive to the conditions,” the spokesperson said.

“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 and road users need to drive to the conditions.”

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