Heavy traffic expected as regional travel restrictions ease in NSW
It's been months since residents from Greater Sydney have been allowed to venture beyond the city. From Monday (1 November 2021), restrictions were eased in line with the states rollout map.
Drivers are being urged to take extra care and plan ahead with heavy traffic not seen since Easter expected for the first weekend of regional travel.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said it was likely to be the busiest weekend on our roads since Easter, back in April.
“Traffic is expected to be at long weekend levels from today, right through until Sunday on every major highway across the state,” Mr Toole said.
“For many people it will be their first time back behind the wheel after a long period of staying home, so please be extra vigilant, so that everyone can be reunited with their loved ones safely.
“I know it’s been a long time between hugs for so many, but please be patient on the roads this weekend and prepare yourself for some delays. I promise any wait will be worth it.
“Make sure you are well rested, plan your trip and allow for plenty of travel time, drive to the conditions and of course never get behind the wheel if you’re affected by drugs or alcohol.
“It’s also worth checking your vehicle before you head off, especially if it’s been a while since you’ve made a big trip.”
Large traffic volumes and delays are expected entering and leaving Sydney via the Hume Highway and Princes Highway to the south, Great Western Highway and Bells Line of Road to the west and Pacific Highway, M1 Pacific Motorway and Northconnex to the north.
Thousands of Sydneysiders have made plans for a weekend getaway with some headed for Coffs Harbor and down to Jervis Bay.
Under the eased restrictions fully vaccinated people can also have unlimited visitors to their home, hospitality venues can have more customers and nightclubs are set to reopen with dancing allowed from Monday as well.