Christmas traffic to crawl with travel times revealed

21 December 2018 As thousands of holidays makers prepared to take off on Christmas road trips, the State’s peak motoring body has revealed the south east Queensland hotspots for congestion.

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said data from the Department of Transport and Main Roads showed, at its worst, there would be up to 6,200 cars on the M1 and 4,800 on the Bruce Highway, each hour, as people departed Brisbane today.

“We expect many Queenslanders will be taking Monday off ahead of the public holidays next week, so that’ll mean today is a very busy day on the roads,” Ms Ross said.

“Our major arterials will be chockers right through the day and into the evening, perhaps as many people try to stagger their trips to get away a little earlier.”

Ms Ross said motorists who planned to drive from Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast on Christmas Day should not be fooled into thinking they would not face congestion.

“Plenty of people will be out and about on the roads on Christmas Day, and if you’re heading north up the Bruce Highway, it could take up to 12 minutes longer than usual in the Caboolture to Caloundra section,” she said.

“It’ll be busiest between 10am and 1pm, so if you have to make a Christmas lunch, we’d suggest you get away early or make it a dinner instead.”

Ms Ross said motorists travelling in either direction of the Bruce Highway on Boxing Day could also run into delays and spend up to 18 minutes extra behind the wheel.

“For those headed south to Brisbane after the Christmas break, prepare for travel delays of up to 15 minutes. But for those going in the opposite direction from Brisbane north, it could take you 18 minutes longer than usual,” she said.

“Of course, this all goes out the window if there’s a crash and we know how quickly traffic grinds to a halt, so it’s best to pack your patience and allow extra travel time.”