Best way to beat the Easter traffic blues

Follow some simple tips to maximise your enjoyment of Bluesfest and minimise your time in traffic. File photo

Festivalgoers are advised to factor in extra time to travel to and from this weekend’s Byron Bay Bluesfest.

Up to 100,000 people are expected to turn out to the annual 5 five-day music festival running from Thursday 29 March to Monday 2 April at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, north of Byron Bay.

And that doesn’t even include additional holiday traffic expected in Byron Bay over Easter.

Heavy traffic is expected along the M1 Pacific Motorway approaching the area around the Ewingsdale Road and Gulgan Road interchanges particularly on Thursday and Friday.

Other key roads near Tyagarah including Mullumbimby Road, Tyagarah Road and Hinterland Way are also expected to be busy throughout the weekend.

The Transport Management Centre is advising festivalgoers to plan their trip to take advantage of the extra buses and coaches running from Byron Bay, Brunswick Heads, Bangalow and Mullumbimby to get to and from the festival.

Anyone who plans to drive is strongly encouraged to arrive early, carpool and allow plenty of extra travel time.

Southbound motorists on the M1 Pacific Motorway will be able to use a new off ramp at the Gulgan Road Mullumbimby exit for direct access to the venue. Northbound motorists should leave the motorway at the Mullumbimby Gulgan Road off-ramp.

Motorists should exercise caution and follow the direction of traffic controllers; there’ll also be plenty of signage along the motorway directing motorists to the festival site.

Delays are also expected further south through Ballina and Pimlico from the morning on Tuesday, April  3, as people head home.

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