Traffic queues for kilometres on NSW coast due to fire, holidaymakers
Cars have queued for more than 10 kilometres along parts of the NSW coast as holidaymakers travel from Sydney to popular holiday destinations.
Just after 10am on Tuesday, traffic snaked for 11 kilometres on the Hume Highway at Douglas Park, south-west of Campbelltown.
Scores of people heading south on the highway were met with a grass fire, which banked up traffic.
Cars also queued in Macksville, on the north coast, which had its own 11-kilometre queue heading north.
Other pinch points for traffic were Berry on the south coast, with a line of traffic four kilometres long; the New England Highway at Hexham, near Newcastle, with a six-kilometre queue; and Pembrooke, north of Port Macquarie, which had a queue of 8 kilometres after a car accident.
A spokesman for the Transport Management Centre said motorists should expect “lengthy” delays.
“Motorists are being urged to factor in plenty of additional travel time when travelling on the state’s road network,” the spokesman said.
“Heavy traffic is highly likely due to traditionally heavy holiday traffic.”
The large numbers of people driving during the holiday season has translated to eye-watering amounts of tickets written for speeding.
NSW Police said in the past 10 days, 11,000 speeding infringement notices were issued – almost 2000 more than this time last year.
Six people have died on NSW roads since mid-December, which is five fewer than this time last year.
with Saimi Jeong
The story Traffic queues for kilometres on NSW coast due to fire, holidaymakers first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.