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Major Easter gridlock with bumper-to-bumper traffic up to 45km fleeing major cities

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Major Easter gridlock with bumper-to-bumper traffic fleeing major cities for the weekend in queues stretching up to 45KM

  • Long traffic jams before Easter long weekend plague NSW, Queensland
  • Cars bumper-to- bumper along highways heading out of Sydney 
  • Extensive traffic delays for motorists began building on Thursday night
  • Families advised to allow extra travelling time of up to an hour 

Extensive traffic delays are building across New South Wales and Queensland as the Easter long weekend begins and the highways out of major cities clogged with a gridlock of vehicles.

Radio 2GB reported cars bumper-to-bumper extending 45km south of Sydney between Raby and Bargo and a 25km traffic jam north from Wahroonga on the M1 Pacific Highway to Mooney Mooney.

Live Traffic told Daily Mail Australia the Transport Management Centre had identified six heavy traffic hotspots for motorists heading out of Sydney.

Drivers heading from Wahroonga towards the Hawkesbury River bridge needed to allow for 45 minutes extra on top of their normal travelling time.

Long delays south on the Hume Highway between Douglas Park and Woodbine, and also further south between Wilton and Bargo, were hampering holidaymakers.

It was also busy on the Princes Highway south through Engadine and further down on the M1 Princes Motorway.

One southbound lane was closed after a multi-vehicle crash at Mt Keira.

There was also heavy traffic in the Blue Mountains heading west from Katoomba to Blackheath.

‘Everything is heavy heading out of Sydney,’ a spokesperson for the Transport Management Centre said.  

Extensive traffic delays are building across New South Wales and Queensland (the M1 Motorway pictured above) as the Easter long weekend begins and holidaymakers flee the major cities

Extensive traffic delays are building across New South Wales and Queensland (the M1 Motorway pictured above) as the Easter long weekend begins and holidaymakers flee the major cities

Major Easter gridlock with bumper-to-bumper traffic up to 45km fleeing major cities 3

Bumper-to-bumper traffic has been reported extending south of Sydney between Raby and Bargo and a 25km traffic jam north from Wahroonga on the M1 Pacific Highway to Mooney Mooney

On the NSW south coast, motorists have been urged to allow extra time on the Princes Highway through Nowra.

Live Traffic urged motorists heading in any direction to allow at least 40 minutes additional travel time during this peak holiday weekend.    

It reported heavy northbound holiday traffic building on the New England Highway and advised drivers to take regular breaks on their journey. 

Live Traffic reported heavy northbound holiday traffic building on the New England Highway and advised drivers to take regular breaks on their journey

Live Traffic reported heavy northbound holiday traffic building on the New England Highway and advised drivers to take regular breaks on their journey

Queensland Police warned motorists to slow down over the Easter holidays, following a horror road smash earlier in the week (above) near Stanthorpe which killed four young Korean women

Queensland Police warned motorists to slow down over the Easter holidays, following a horror road smash earlier in the week (above) near Stanthorpe which killed four young Korean women

Other roads including the NorthConnex, the Hume Highway and the Great Western Highway are forecast to see hold-ups over the coming hours.

Motorists travelling north of Brisbane on the first day of the Easter long weekend can expect long traffic delays, the Courier Mail reported.

Congestion on the Bruce Highway northbound was creating 35 minute delays and gridlock hotspots included Burpengary, Morayfield and Caboolture.

Queensland Police warned motorists to slow down over the Easter holidays, following a horror road smash earlier in the week.

Four Korean backpackers tragically died after the car the young women were travelling in crossed into the path of a semi-trailer near the town of Stanthorpe in the Southern Downs region.

The women had been in Australia only a few weeks and had been fruit picking in the area on a ‘holiday of a lifetime’. 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison also urged motorists to take care after four people in his security detail were injured after a dramatic accident on the campaign trail in northern Tasmania on Friday.

‘If you are travelling around of course, please be safe, be careful, particularly if you are on the roads,’ Mr Morrison said after attending a church service in Melbourne on Good Friday.

Mr Morrison said one officer had been discharged from hospital and that the four of them were on the mend. 

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