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Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

Taranaki motorists are being encouraged to plan ahead, be patient and take regular breaks to get the most out of their Labour weekend travel.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is anticipating high volumes of traffic on state highways and ’hotspot’ local roads across the country this Labour Day long weekend.

Taranaki Transport System Manager Ross I’Anson says Labour Day weekend travel is predicted to be very busy this year due to people only being able to travel inter-regionally during COVID-19 restrictions.

“Travel may be more spread out across the country this year with holiday makers taking the opportunity to have a longer break either side of Labour Day weekend and exploring different regions to normal.

“Delays are likely for motorists travelling on State Highway 3 at Mt Messenger, with the heaviest traffic expected southbound just after 11am on Saturday and just after 9am on Sunday.

“Northbound, traffic is likely to be heaviest from mid-morning to late afternoon on Friday and mid-afternoon Sunday.”

Mr I’Anson says northbound delays are also possible on Monday, as are delays in both directions through the Awakino Tunnel Bypass project site across the weekend.

Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead for a safe, enjoyable Labour Day weekend with the help of the Waka Kotahi holiday journeys map journeys.nzta.govt.nz/labour-day. The map shows predicted traffic flow across popular journeys over the Labour Day weekend based on previous years travel patterns.

Holiday journeys map(external link)

Mr I’Anson says motorists should take extra care when travelling in holiday periods because of increased traffic volumes, congestion, tiredness and people driving in unfamiliar environments.

“Consider travelling outside peak times when traffic is lighter to make your trip safer and more enjoyable. Allow plenty of time and take regular breaks.”

Because predicted peak times can change based on incidents, weather and even driver behaviour, check the Waka Kotahi Journey Planner website for real-time travel information, traffic cameras, and updates on delays, roadworks and road closures before you head off.

Journey Planner(external link)

“Congestion and delays are inevitable in peak times, but if everyone leaves plenty of time for their journey, drive to the conditions and plan ahead before leaving home, the worst of the frustrations can be eased and everyone can concentrate on arriving safely at their destination.

“Remember you’re on holiday, so there is no need to rush.”

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