Easter traffic delays, surf warning

FRIDAY, 10.40am: 

Southbound traffic on the Princes Highway is heavy through Albion Park Rail. 

Southbound traffic on the Princes Highway at the Kiama Bends is queued 8km adding an extra 60 minutes travel time.  

FRIDAY 9.40am: 

Southbound traffic on the Princes Highway at the Kiama Bends is queued 4km adding an extra 20 minutes travel time.  

Motorists heading away for the Easter long weekend are advised to plan their trip, take extra breaks, expect delays and allow plenty of extra travel time.

For the latest traffic information, visit www.livetraffic.com or call 132 701.

THURSDAY: Motorists are continuing to experience significant delays on roads to the north, south and west of Sydney as they head away for 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.

Already, south-bound traffic on the Princes Hwy in Kiama is queued 8km, adding an extra 50 minutes to the trip.

Motorists heading away for the Easter long weekend are advised to plan their trip, allow plenty of extra travel time and expect delays.

For the latest traffic information, visit www.livetraffic.com or call 132 701.

Don't forget double demerits are in place from midnight Thursday.

MEANWHILE, Surf Life Saving NSW is warning swimmers about dangerous surf conditions along the entire coast this weekend.

A south-easterly swell is expected to reach 2-3 metres at its peak, with a swell period around 15-17 seconds.

These conditions will be hazardous for coastal activities such as swimming, surfing and rock fishing.

Conditions are expected to ease overnight on Saturday, however the swells will stay around 1.5-2m on Sunday.

“With the onset of these dangerous condition we strongly encourage swimmers to follow all safety warnings and avoid entering the water unless there is an active patrol on duty, which will be signified by the red and yellow flags," NSW lifesaving manager Andy Kent said

“If you are ever unsure about the conditions, have a chat to one of the lifesavers or lifeguards on duty before entering the water.”

At the beach, follow these simple safety tips:

Always swim between the red and yellow flags

Read the safety signs

Ask a lifesaver/lifeguard for safety advice

Learn how to identify a rip

If you need help, stay calm and attract attention

Always wear a lifejacket while rock-fishing

If witnessing an in-water emergency call 000-Police

For full details on which beaches are patrolled and patrol times (including over the winter months) go to Beachsafe, which is also available as an iPhone app.

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