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Heavy traffic expected on the journey home this evening


The NZ Transport Agency is advising commuters in Wellington to plan for more delays on the way home from work this evening, particularly on State Highway 1.

Regional performance manager Mark Owen says that until train services between Wellington and Porirua are restored, heavier than usual traffic is expected during peak times, and commuters are asked to vary their journey times if possible.

“There will be more cars on the highway than normal, and this will put additional pressure on the highway network.

“If you do need to drive home during the evening peak, be prepared for your journey to take longer than usual.”

“We encourage motorists to dodge the delays by avoiding rush hour if they can. If you can twist your boss’s arm into leaving early, you’ll less likely to get stuck in traffic. Alternatively, you could delay your journey by putting in some overtime or heading to the gym or the local cafe.
“We’re really grateful to motorists for their patience and understanding.”

The Transport Agency says it will be posting regular real-time updates about traffic conditions on its Wellington Twitter feed - @nztawgtn(external link).

For real time information on highway conditions and incidents visit link) call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS.

For personalised information about driving conditions on their frequently used routes, motorists can check out and sign up to On The Move at link)

For more information please contact:

Anthony Frith
Media Manager - Central

T: 04 894 5251
M: 027 213 7617