Plan ahead to avoid traffic during the Easter holidays

Waka Kotahi and Auckland Transport are urging those going over Easter to plan ahead to avoid traffic jams, queues and long delays.

People can plan their route before leaving home using the Waka Kotahi Vacation Trip Planner, an online tool that displays predicted traffic conditions based on last year’s travel patterns.

Regional relations manager Steve Mutton said with the Easter and ANZAC long weekends taking place this year, Waka Kotahi expects the roads to be very busy.

“Many holidaymakers are likely to take the opportunity to take an extended Easter break. We expect heavy traffic out of Auckland and slow traffic in and around popular Northland vacation spots.

“Our advice is to avoid delays and long queues in these areas where possible by planning ahead. Departing before or after these peak times can make a big difference, so be sure to check your itinerary using the Waka Kotahi Trip Planner,” Mutton said.

Stacey van der Putten, executive general manager of safety at Auckland Transport, said roads in the region are likely to be busy throughout the Easter period and it’s important drivers expect delays .

“With many roads across Auckland expected to be busier than usual, we ask drivers to be patient, considerate and to keep an eye out for changes in speed limits and road alignments that have occurred at the over the past two years.

“Simple things like stopping for an extra coffee or resting if you’re tired or traveling a little slower when visibility is poor in the rain can make such a big difference to road safety in our area,” said Mrs. Van der Putten.

For those heading south from Auckland via Manukau on SH1, the busiest times are between 1:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Thursdays and between 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Fridays. For return trips on Mondays, the highway is expected to be busiest from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Roads around Northland will likely be busiest on State Highway 1 via Puhoi between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Returning from Northland on Monday, the busiest times are between 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

To avoid further disruption to Northland traffic and to keep work crews safe, Waka Kotahi, in conjunction with our partners, is limiting work during the holiday period. All sites must close by noon Thursday (April 14) and cannot restart until 9:00 a.m. Tuesday April 19. A small number of sites are permitted to continue working and we ask motorists to take extra care when passing workers at these sites.

“Traffic jams and delays are inevitable at peak times, but if everyone allows enough time to travel, get to the conditions and plan ahead before leaving home, there will be less frustration for everyone. the world on the road,” Mutton said.

“Everyone deserves to arrive safely on our roads, so allow plenty of time and remember – you’re on vacation – there’s no need to rush.”

Those heading north can also enjoy a ‘driver reverer’ pit stop which will be set up from 10am to 4pm on Thursday April 14 on SH1, Uretiti, south of Ruakaka. Hosted by Waka Kotahi’s partners at the Northland Transportation Alliance, the Driver Resuscitation Pit Stop seeks to address driver fatigue by providing a safe stopping point, coffee and a bite to eat for those who get stuck. head north for the long weekend.

In addition to taking regular breaks to avoid fatigue, there are simple things drivers can do to keep everyone on the road safe:

  • Make sure your vehicle is safe to drive – check tires, wipers, lights and turn signals
  • Make sure you have a valid WoF (Warrant of Fitness) before you go
  • Drive according to the conditions – whether it’s the weather, the road you’re on, the time of day or the amount of traffic on the roads
  • Keep a safe distance from vehicles in front of you so you can stop safely, especially on wet roads

We encourage everyone to do their part to ensure a safe Easter weekend, both on and off the road.

As scheduled travel times may change depending on traffic incidents and weather conditions, motorists are encouraged to visit the Waka Kotahi Travel Planner website before traveling – for real-time travel information , traffic cameras and updates on delays, construction and road closures.

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