Drive carefully, it’s busy on the roads

2013-12-23 08:11

Major delays were expected because of traffic on major routes today and tomorrow, the Road Traffic Management Corporation has said.

A traffic peak is expected just before Christmas as people head to their holiday destinations, said Thato Mosena.

Traffic volumes were expected to increase again next Tuesday, just before New Year, and again on January 5 and 6, when people were expected to return from their holidays.

Mosena said high traffic volumes were experienced when 1?000 to 2?000 or more vehicles an hour travelled on a route.

She said more than 2 000 vehicles an hour were expected during peak holiday times.

The N1 north between Pretoria, Polokwane and the Beit Bridge border post was expected to be busy, as was the N2 to and from Somerset West and Cape Town.

A lot of traffic coming into Durban from Johannesburg was expected on the N3.

High volumes of vehicles travelling on routes between Mangaung and Cape Town and between Pretoria, Nelspruit and Lebombo were also expected.

N3 Toll Concession spokesperson Andy Visser said yesterday morning about 1 000 vehicles an hour had been heading out of Gauteng at the tollgates.

About the same number of vehicles was heading out of KwaZulu-Natal, but more, at 1?100, were entering the province.

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