New Zealand Chinese Pioneer Network Sophie reports This year’s Anzac day coincides with a school holiday, which means that our roads may be extremely busy.
Drivers traveling in Northland and Auckland are urged to plan ahead and follow basic road safety rules so that everyone can reach their destination safely.
The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) has upgraded its popular online holiday journey traffic forecasting tool to help people plan ahead and avoid delays. The tool predicts traffic flow based on travel patterns in previous years.
“During the holiday period, traffic jams and delays are inevitable, but as the school holiday this year begins in full, including many people coming to New Zealand from the other side of Trans-Tasman, we want to remind everyone to reserve enough time for the journey, according to traffic Drive carefully and plan before you leave home,” said Rua Pani, NZTA Auckland Operations Manager.
Road opening and closing notice
In order to minimize the delays of Anzac’s long weekend holidays, all road works on the Northland National Highway will be suspended on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, except for weather-related work and emergency construction.
However, for safety reasons, several construction sites on SH1 between Auckland and Whangārei will continue to impose temporary speed limits, including Matakana Link Road and Loop Road through Dome Valley. There will be traffic control on SH15 on Loop Road west and SH12 on Rawene Rd.
Please log on to journeys.nzta.gov.nz before departure to get real-time traffic information and the latest information on delays, road construction and road closures.
NZTA also informed that in order to support the local community and encourage tourists to go, Anzac will open the SH1 section to Mangamuka Canyon during the long weekend.
From April 24th to 26th, from 8 am to 6 pm, a lane will be opened for light vehicles. Note: This road will not be open on Friday, April 23, because the staff will relocate heavy machinery and thoroughly clean up the site to prepare for the opening of the road.
The road construction work is currently progressing smoothly, and the staff are doing earthwork to fully restore the two-lane road.
In addition, on Sunday morning, the SH16 section between Helensville and Wellsford will be temporarily closed due to a commemorative event. During this time, drivers are asked to change lanes as instructed.
Estimated congestion period
Traveling north from Auckland, the SH1 between Puhoi and Wellsford is expected to have the busiest traffic between noon and 8 pm on Friday and 8:30 am and 3 pm on Saturday.
For those taking SH1 out of Auckland and heading south through Manukau, the busiest times are expected to be from 10pm to 3pm on Friday and 9am to 1:30pm on Saturday. When returning on Monday, the highway is expected to be very busy from 11 am to 8 pm.
“Departing during off-peak hours can make the journey safer, easier, and more enjoyable. Remember that the estimated peak travel time may vary based on traffic accidents, weather, driver behavior, or changes in the new crown alert level, so in It’s also a good idea to check the latest situation before you leave.” Rua Pani said.
Tips for Safe Driving on Long Weekends
Please check whether the vehicle is “healthy” before traveling, including checking tire pressure and tread, wipers, indicator lights and vehicle headlights.
Traveling during holidays should be especially careful of various situations: increased traffic, congestion, fatigue driving, and people driving in unfamiliar environments.
Drive carefully according to the road conditions, even if it means that the speed will be lower than the prescribed speed limit.
Avoid fatigue driving. Rest regularly and stay alert.
Keep a safe following distance from the vehicle ahead so that you can stop safely.
Be patient-due to increased traffic over long weekends, overtaking is unlikely to have a significant impact on your journey time.
Allow enough time. Remember that you are on vacation, so there is no need to worry.
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