The great summer vacation exodus has begun

People traveling inland are enjoying better conditions, with predicted delays at Blackheath still to materialise, although traffic is heavy from Menangle Park to Campbelltown, and Transport for NSW has advised motorists to add an extra 20 minutes to their travel time.

Authorities had previously expressed cautious optimism about traffic conditions as holidaymakers took to the streets in Sydney’s annual exodus.

The potential high traffic areas during the NSW summer holiday season.

The potential high traffic areas during the NSW summer holiday season.

Historically, traffic starts from 7am and peaks between 9am and 10am, with December 27 and January 2 being the busiest days as travelers often wait until after the bank holidays to go on vacation .

However, drivers have been advised to expect delays of up to 45 minutes at bottlenecks as roads are still damaged from this year’s record rain and flooding.

A spokesman for Transport for NSW said traffic on the Great Western Highway near Blackheath, the Princes Highway near Jervis Bay and Falls Creek, around Coffs Harbor and on roads near the border to South Africa will be reduced throughout the holiday season Queensland expected to be strong.

Transport for NSW executive director Roger Weeks said road crews had been working hard to get the state’s main highways back to reasonable condition ahead of Christmas, but any further rain could see them deteriorate again.

“It only takes a little rain for an existing pothole to open up again, or for parts of the net that haven’t quite come out to turn into a pothole,” Weeks said.

No showers are forecast for Sydney through the weekend.

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Callan Tansill

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