Motorists are warned to plan ahead to prevent getting stuck in severe traffic jams over the Christmas holiday period.
Motorists are warned to plan ahead to prevent getting stuck in severe traffic jams over the Christmas holiday period. Ivan Tykhyi

Motorists warned to plan ahead to avoid Christmas traffic

DRAMATIC traffic spikes over the Christmas holiday period will see motorists crawling on certain major roads at predicted speeds of up to 25km/hour and delays of an hour and a half, according to the Transport Management Centre.

Heavy holiday traffic is expected at various locations in and around the Coffs Coast including Urunga, Macksville and North and South of Port Macquarie from December 18 to January 3.

The TMC has warned holiday-goers to plan ahead and avoid driving at busy times which generally between 10am and 5pm.

In particular, the Pacific Highway and the M1 Pacific Motorway will see a large increase in traffic volumes in the coming weeks.

A TMC spokesperson said to help minimise delays, Traffic Commanders and additional resources will be in place as well as lane closures, intermittent traffic stoppages and short term work site speed zones will be lifted at various locations to aid the flow of traffic.

Motorists are also urged to take regular breaks during the course of their trip.

Heavy holiday traffic is expected at various locations including:

Beresfield/Hexham

North and South of Port Macquarie

Macksville

Urunga

Woodburn

Ewingsdale

Keys dates when higher than usual holiday traffic congestion is anticipated are:

Friday December 18

Saturday December 19

Thursday December 24 (Christmas Eve)

Saturday December 26 (Boxing Day)

Sunday December 27

Saturday January 2

Sunday January 3



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