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2015-04-06 06:44

HEAVY DAY AHEAD FOR HOME TRIP: N3TC, operator of the N3 toll road out of KZN, has warned that today (April 6 2015) could be the busiest day of the year. Image: Supplied / N3TC

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Travelling home today after the exertions of the Easter break? Be prepared - today is expected to be the busiest day of the Easter weekend on the N3 KZA-Gauteng toll road.

High traffic volumes are expected towards Gauteng on the N3 Toll Route between from 11am to 9pm on Monday (April 6 2015) and could continue into Tuesday.

That’s the warning issued by the toll route operators though “various interventions have been planned to maximise traffic accommodation and general route safety”.

DO YOU PLANNING

A number of emergency satellite stations at key locations along the route have been set up where route patrol teams, emergency medical services and law enforcement authorities will be based.

N3TC is advising drivers to plan well ahead for their return trip. “Pack extra food, water and cold drinks in case of delays,” the operator says. “Please exercise patience in heavy traffic, keep a safe following distance and take regular rest stops to stay alert.

“Keep headlights on throughout the day to be more visible to oncoming traffic.”

All N3TC operations and plazas will, the operator says, be at full capacity.

Heavy traffic could stress drivers going over Van Reenen’s Pass between Tugela Plaza and Harrismith.

“Drivers are strongly advised to avoid overtaking on the pass,” the operator has warned. “If you experience any mechanical difficulties with your vehicle find a safe place to pull off the road and park as far off the road as possible.”

If you do have a problem the number to call is 0800 63 4357 – put it in your cellphone NOW. The same number can be used to report and problems on the toll road.

PLEA FROM PLAZA

N3TC also warns that, should there be a traffic incident on Van Reenen's Pass, congestion could be experienced at the Tugela Toll Plaza and asks:

“Your patience would be appreciated in the event that an incident requires lane closures at the Tugela plaza. Every attempt will be made to keep traffic flowing and the closure of plaza lanes will be a last resort.

“Heavy vehicles are advised to keep left when approaching the plaza.

Follow N3TC on Twitter: @N3Route for traffic updates. The N3TC Route Help Centre can be contacted via the 24-hour Customer Careline: 0800 63 4357 (0800 N3 HELP) or download the N3TC mobility app to your smartphone or tablet for further route and traffic information.


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