Holiday and journey planning

Significant delays are expected on NSW roads this Easter long weekend and Autumn school holidays. Motorists are urged to plan ahead to improve their journeys and stay safe.

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Plan your journey

Customers are advised to plan their trip or consider using public transport this Easter long weekend, with high traffic volumes expected across the state.

Easter is traditionally a busy time on our roads, and customers can expect a significant increase in traffic on the State’s roads, particularly the major roads in and out of Sydney, leading to significant delays.

If you are visiting family or friends and you don't have to drive once you get to your destination you may want to consider taking one of our regional trains or coaches visit NSW Trainlink.

We recognise that our customers will be eager to head into regional NSW over the Easter long weekend. A suite of planning tools are available to make it easier to plan your trip, avoid the busiest times on our roads, and reduce your overall journey time. 

  • A journey planning tool, using historical data to show traditional delay times at known traffic pinch points
  • A guide to setting up notifications in Live Traffic to receive real time updates about road conditions
  • Useful links to make your trip more enjoyable.

Journey planning tool

The journey planning tool contains information based on delay times observed at known pinch points around the state during the same period in previous years.

It should be noted it is very difficult to precisely predict traffic delays. As such, the journey planning tool should be used as a guide only to help you plan your journey.

Make the most of Live Traffic app

Live Traffic NSW is the go-to app for commuters, holiday travellers and freight operators seeking information about potential delays they might face on their trip.

The app and website provide real-time information about incidents and disruptions on the network.

In 2021 Live Traffic NSW introduced notifications to the app, giving customers the ability to set up to receive notifications to their phone alerting them about incidents and disruptions on their chosen route and time period.

Before leaving on your holiday journey, we strongly recommend setting up your trip before leaving to receive real time updates on road conditions and possible delays.

Customers can also choose to ‘follow’ individual incidents to receive notifications when the incident is updated or has ended.

By receiving notifications, road users can “set and forget” and won’t have the hassle of constantly checking the app or site and means they can make the best decisions for their trip at the earliest opportunity.

We have prepared this handy guide and a video to help you set up notifications before hitting the road this summer. You can also learn more about the many features of Live Traffic by checking out the website.

What to expect these holidays

We anticipate large traffic volumes and delays at known pinch points in Sydney and regional areas, including key routes in and out of Sydney (the M1 Pacific Motorway, Great Western Highway, Hume Motorway and Princess Highway) and the Hume, Princes, Kings, Great Western and Pacific highways in the regions. Significant delays are also expected at the Queensland border (see more details below).

While difficult to predict, it is possible delays of more than one hour may occur at some of these locations, which increases the risk of incidents relating to driver frustration, fatigue and hazards caused by traffic queuing in high speed zones. Transport for NSW will have traffic management initiatives in place at the major known pinch points, but travellers should still be prepared to experience delays.

There may also be other corridors in regional NSW that could experience higher than normal traffic volumes during the summer holidays.

Detailed pinch point maps of our regions are also available:

Be prepared

If you are planning to travel into regional NSW this Easter long weekend and Autumn school holidays, there is a number of simple steps you can take to make your journey as enjoyable as possible. These include:

  • Driving safely
  • Taking regular breaks
  • Being patient
  • Being prepared for delays
  • Allowing extra travel time.

Impacts of recent wet weather

Heavy rain is still affecting state and local roads in many parts of the state. We urge all customers to drive to the conditions, obey signs and the direction of traffic control, and never drive through floodwater.

Recent weather events have led to emergency repair works being carried out in many locations across the state. While our crews have been working hard to re-open all state roads, many local roads have been seriously damaged. We are advising our customers to check local council platforms to find out how this may impact your journey.

While our crews have already started work to repair the damage, it is possible the work will not be completed before the start of the holiday period. There will likely be the need for ongoing repairs to flood damaged roads. There is also a possibility some floodwaters may not have receded.

Consequently, if you are planning to travel through or to an area impacted by wet weather or flooding, or if you are not sure which areas of the state are flood-affected, please take the time before leaving to plan your trip.

If you see our people out working, please drive safely, obey reduced speed limits, signs and traffic controllers.

The latest information on roads impacted by flooding can be found on LiveTraffic.com.

12 days free on the Opal network

We’re also reminding travellers they can skip the traffic if they’re thinking about a trip to the Blue Mountains, Central Coast or Illawarra, with all modes of transport on the Opal network free for 12 days starting early Friday 14 April 2022.

Commuters will travel free across Greater Sydney on the train, bus, light rail, Metro and ferry this school holidays. For more information visit the Transport for NSW website.

Fares on Regional trains including Opal sectors will have the Opal Sector adjusted for travel during this time. Regional NSW TrainLink bookings and fares are not included in this fare free offer however customers from the regional are encouraged to take advantage of this scheme if travelling to Sydney over the easter period.

Due to the ongoing impacts of severe weather, customers are being asked to plan ahead and check apps and indicator boards for any changes that may occur.  

Great Western Highway

The Great Western Highway through the Blue Mountains can experience significant congestion during long weekends, school holidays and other special events. We expect there will be congestion at this location at times during the 2021/22 summer holidays. As during previous busy travel periods, Transport for NSW will work to help manage this congestion to minimise your travel delays and keep everyone safe on their journey through the mountains.

Learn more about how we manage congestion through the Blue Mountains.

Princes Highway

Visit the Princes Highway holiday congestion page to learn more about key Princes Highway pinch points and how to plan your journey to the beautiful NSW South Coast.

For more information on the Princes Highway upgrade program and how we are delivering a safer and more reliable journey along the South Coast, visit the project webpage.

Tips for a safe journey

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