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School’s back and the traffic will be too


Most students return to school this week and that’ll also mean a return to Auckland’s pre-holiday traffic volumes.

The NZ Transport Agency’s Auckland Highway Manager Brett Gliddon says it’s important for motorists to plan ahead and allow more time for their journeys.

“When school is out traffic volumes traditionally drop off on most roads, and with the kids heading back to class this week the roads will be busier.

“It’s also important for drivers to remember that there will be more pedestrians and cyclists about, many of them young. We’re asking drivers to be especially careful and watch their speeds around schools. We know everyone’s keen to stay in holiday mode while the sun shines, but on the roads you need to stay vigilant all the time.”

The Transport Agency has also produced data which shows the increase in expected journey times. The extra travel time is most noticeable during the morning peak, particularly on SH1 heading into the city.

“Because it’s also a New Year people’s traffic patterns change, they might try a new route or leave home for work a bit later, and that can sometimes mean traffic is slightly worse to begin with. So don’t be surprised if there’s heavy traffic and factor in extra travel time while everyone is settling back into their new routine.”

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Route Summer holiday journey time 2016 in minutes Expected back to school journey time 2016 in minutes Additional journey times in minutes
  Average Average Average
AM peak
SH1 Grand Drive to Auckland CBD 30 52 22
SH1 Drury to Nelson St 39 71 31
SH16 Hobsonville to CBD 20 36 16
SH20 Southbound 20 21 1
SH20 Northbound 14 19 5
PM peak
SH1 Fanshawe St to Grand Dr 29 34 4
SH1 Auckland CBD to Drury 46 56 11
SH16 CMJ to Hobsonville 21 29 7
SH20 Southbound 21 30 9
SH20 Northbound 17 22 5