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

Outside of these times traffic will continue to access the University via Irvine Street and Northfields Avenue.

Bus access from University Avenue into Irvine Street will not be affected during diversions.

Traffic heading towards the University from the M1 northbound will not be affected.

Transport for NSW will continue to monitor traffic conditions around the university however it is expected congestion will reduce by mid-April.

Tips for a safe 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
  • Allow extra time for your journey
  • Walk, cycle or use public transport if you can
  • Consider using a different route
  • If you haven't driven in the area before, consider making your first trip outside of peak times
  • Be aware that there may be long queues at the offramp so get ready to slow down
  • If you miss your exit, just take the next one. Don't try to merge into a queue
  • Follow the directions of traffic controllers.

Project background

Traffic congestion can occur around the University of Wollongong and lead to long traffic queues along the M1 Princes Motorway in both directions.

Transport for NSW will manage traffic congestion around the University of Wollongong and education precinct during the start of the university year. This is to ensure that the peak volumes of traffic can access the University without impacting traffic flows on the M1 and to ensure safety for motorists in the area.

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 the project team on 0491 215 301 or by email at

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