Temporary traffic management around the Wollongong education precinct

Transport for NSW will carry out temporary traffic management activities around the Wollongong education precinct to reduce congestion and ensure the safety of road users.

Traffic diversion route

Temporary changes

  • M1 southbound traffic exiting at University Avenue will be diverted left, to make a u-turn at the eastern roundabout.
  • Traffic at Irvine Street will be diverted left, to the University Western Access route.
  • Motorists accessing the M1 Northbound onramp at Northfields Avenue via Irvine St between 7:45am and 9:15am on weekdays may be diverted via Murphys Avenue and Robsons Road if traffic is congested.
Diversions map

Tips for your journey

If you are heading to the Wollongong education precinct or travelling on the M1 through Wollongong please be aware that the area will be very busy.

Plan your trip

If you’re driving, plan your trip beforehand using the Live Traffic NSW app. The Live Traffic app allows you to create a trip and receive notifications when traffic incidents occur. Learn more by following our handy Live Traffic guide.

If you haven't driven in the area before, consider making your first trip outside of peak times or do a practice run before Semester 1 starts.

Drive safely

Be aware that there may be long queues at the M1 off ramp so get ready to slow down. If you miss your exit, just take the next one and don't try to merge into a queue. Always follow the directions of traffic controllers.

Most importantly, always allow extra time for your journey and expect the unexpected.

Leave the car at home if you can

The Wollongong education precinct is well serviced by public transport and is close to North Wollongong train station. Why not catch the train and make use of the free University of Wollongong North Gong shuttle from the station.

Public buses also regularly travel to the university, including the free Wollongong Shuttle.

If you live local, walking or cycling is a great way to get to the university while keeping fit and doing your bit for the environment.

Frequently asked questions

  • The start of the teaching year sees thousands of students and staff return to University of Wollongong, Wollongong TAFE and local high schools.

    This means that traffic volumes in and around the Wollongong education precinct increases with additional commuters and local motorists expected in peak times.

    In the past, the high numbers of road users trying to access the University area have resulted in long queues on the M1 Princes Motorway increasing the risk for crashes and traffic incidents. The traffic has also caused difficulties on local roads.

    To keep traffic moving safely on the roads around the university and education precinct while also improving safety on the M1 Princes Motorway, Transport for NSW implements temporary traffic changes at the start of the university year.

  • The impact of COVID-19 on traffic volumes around the education precinct is hard to determine at this time.

    Traffic numbers around the university and education precinct will be monitored by Transport for NSW.

  • Students and staff are still encouraged to consider travel alternatives such as carpooling, catching the bus or train or using active transport such as walking or cycling.

    Information about local bus and train timetables can be found on the Transport for NSW website.

    Information about local walking and cycling routes can be found on the Wollongong City Council - Sport and Recreation website.

  • Residents may experience additional traffic travelling along Murphys Avenue and Robsons Road during peak periods.

    Residents will have access to their properties at all times.

More information

Information about getting to campus and campus maps can be found at:

Contact us

For more information contact Transport for NSW on 1800 227 774 or by email at

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