6 Jan 2019

State highways congested as many head back from holiday

8:12 pm on 6 January 2019

There was traffic congestion on the most of the main state highways this afternoon as many people's holidays come to an end.

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NZTA's traffic camera looking south along the Northern Motorway from Tristram Avenue. Photo: Supplied / NZTA

The Transport Agency earlier said journeys were taking longer than they normally would because of the number of people on the roads, but by early evening a spokesperson said traffic was free flowing again.

Its system manager, Ross I'Anson, said the traffic is likely to be heavy during the week too.

"Generally people take a break over Christmas and they get back the first Monday or the Monday after, so over the next week or so we will see certain days where there is going to be a lot of traffic.

"They try and leave their holiday as long as possible to get back in time for work on Monday."