FAMILIAR SIGHT: Traffic queues are beginning to build up at different spots along the Pacific Highway.
FAMILIAR SIGHT: Traffic queues are beginning to build up at different spots along the Pacific Highway.

Holiday traffic easing but still causing delays on highways

2.50PM: Traffic may be easing but motorists are still experiencing delays on the Pacific Highway.

The northbound queue at Macksville is now about 3km, adding about 15 minutes to journeys.

Southbound traffic at Ewingsdale is still queued 4.5km, adding about 20 minutes.

1.15PM: Heavy traffic around Byron Bay is causing delays on the Pacific Highway.

South bound traffic at the Byron bay exit at Ewingsdale is queued 4.5km, adding about 20 minutes to journeys. Northbound is also heavy.

The queue at Macksville has not improved, with the Transport Management Centre estimating 30 minute delays.

11.50AM: A 6.2km traffic queue is greeting northbound motorists on the Pacific Highway at Macksville.

The Transport Management Centre said the traffic queue at Ewingsdale is still about 3.5km.

11.15AM: The effects of holiday traffic are already been felt at two major sections of the Pacific Highway.

The Transport Management Centre highlighted two areas in the state's north, with southbound traffic at Ewingsdale queued about 3.5km, and northbound traffic at Macksville queued about 1km.

The Daily Examiner will post updates as they come in.

EARLIER: THE TRANSPORT Management Centre is advising motorists to allow plenty of additional travel time, with heavy traffic expected on major roads north and south out of Sydney for the start of the Easter long weekend.

Traditionally, traffic volumes increase significantly on the M1 Pacific Motorway (F3), Pacific Highway, M1 Princes Motorway (F6), Princes Highway, Great Western Highway and the Hume Motorway.

Lengthy delays can be expected to the north of Sydney at Hexham, Macksville, Coffs Harbour/Woolgoolga, Woodburn and Ewingsdale and to the south of Sydney at Albion Park Rail, Kiama, Berry, Nowra, Milton/Ulladulla and Batemans Bay.

Traffic Commanders and extra emergency response resources will be in place at key locations to try to minimise delays.

Motorists are advised to plan their trip, take regular breaks, and take notice of electronic variable message signs which are on most of the major state roads and will indicate any incidents ahead.

Before setting out, motorists can also check http://www.livetraffic.com for information about the latest traffic conditions and any incidents that may affect their trip. Passengers can stay up to date with the Live Traffic mobile apps.



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