As people take to the roads across Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Taranaki to embark on their summer holidays, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is encouraging motorists to plan ahead, be patient and allow plenty of time to ensure safe and enjoyable holiday journeys.
Acting Director Regional Relationships Ross I’Anson says motorists should prepare for the roads to be busier than normal.
“Congestion and delays are inevitable in peak times, but if everyone leaves plenty of time for their journeys, drives to the conditions and plans ahead before leaving home, there will be less frustration and everyone can concentrate on arriving safely at their destination.
“In the Waikato, delays are predicted on State Highway 2 at Maramarua, on State Highway 25 at Tairua, and on State Highway 1 at Taupiri, Karapiro and Tirau.
“Bay of Plenty motorists should be prepared for heavy traffic on State Highway 29 over the Kaimai Ranges and on State Highway 2 between Paeroa and Waihi and Katikati and Tauranga.
“There will be roadside electronic signs displaying estimated journey times at key locations between Auckland and Tauranga to help motorists make informed decisions about their route and ease some of the congestion.
“Traffic between Katikati and Tauranga is expected to be at its heaviest on 2 January, due to the Bay Dreams event in Mount Maunganui.”
Increased holiday traffic is also likely on State Highway 3 in Taranaki.
The Transport Agency’s Holiday Journeys(external link) map shows predicted traffic flow across popular journeys over the peak summer holiday period, based on previous years travel patterns.
Motorists should consider travelling outside peak times, when traffic is lighter, Mr I’Anson says.
“Allow plenty of time. Remember you’re on holiday, so there is no need to rush.
“People driving in unfamiliar environments, increased traffic volumes, congestion and tiredness can pose a risk to anyone using the roads at this time of year.”
Mr I’Anson also encourages motorists to access up to date information about travel conditions before hitting the road.
“The Transport Agency’s interactive Journey Planner(external link) website is a fantastic source for traffic cameras, journey times and real-time information on delays, roadworks and road closures – all valuable in helping you plan ahead for a safe, enjoyable journey these holidays.”
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