Traffic to pick up along N3 ahead of festive season

Traffic to pick up along N3 ahead of festive season

Travellers have begun making their way to various holiday destinations for the festive period resulting in traffic congestion along major routes.

N3 Toll Route, Harrismith
Flickr - Charl Moller

Police and traffic officials are on high alert with the hopes of reducing the number of fatalities on the country’s roads over this period.


The N3 Toll Concession's Con Roux says they expect traffic volumes from Johannesburg to Durban to pick up on Saturday.


"Traffic volumes have actually been lower than we expected. That probably means that tomorrow morning, Saturday morning, is giong to be extremely busy and we're expecting traffic to pick up from as early as 4 o'clock," says Roux.


"We are expecting traffic to pick up considerably around Christmas."


Roux urged motorists to plan for their trips well ahead of time.


Transport dept hopes to reduce festive season deaths by 10%

This was revealed by Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, who joined Johannesburg metro police chief David Tembe at the launch of the city's festive season road safety campaign on Monday. "Crashes will always be there. What we are reducing are fatalities and the road carnages during this festive season.

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