Varying traffic flow patterns are expected on the N3 Toll Route over the coming holidays

N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) and its road incident management system (RIMS) partners are prepared for changing traffic patterns and higher volumes over the next two weeks, as the autumn school holiday, Human Rights Day, and the Easter long weekend coincide.

An increase in southbound traffic volumes (towards Durban) is likely to be experienced from approximately 15:00 today (Wednesday, 20 March 2024) as many schools close for their autumn break. Busy conditions may continue tomorrow on the public holiday (21 March) and on Friday (22 March).

“We are expecting southbound traffic volumes to be split between the upcoming Human Rights Day weekend and next week’s Easter weekend, with some motorists possibly travelling over the entire period.  Road users are, however, warned to plan for the possibility of high peak conditions and traffic congestion in a northbound direction (towards Gauteng) on Easter Monday (01 April) as most holidaymakers are likely to make their way home at the same time,” explains N3TC’s operations manager, Thania Dhoogra.

N3TC manages a 415km section of the N3 Toll Route between Cedara in KwaZulu-Natal and Heidelberg in Gauteng, linking South Africa’s economic hub with the Port of Durban.

To enhance safety, convenience, and mobility along the N3 Toll Route during the coming peak traffic periods, no major construction work will take place and, with the exception of emergency repairs or maintenance that may be required, all lanes are open to traffic. All toll plazas are also operating at maximum capacity, with convenient payment options, such as tags and tap & go card payments, available to improve throughput and minimise possible delays.

Take a risk management approach to road safety

“We suggest that road users adopt a risk management approach whenever they travel. By doing so, drivers will be more inclined to carefully assess potential safety hazards and take proactive steps to reduce these risks. By confidently anticipating and reacting to dangerous situations, they help to minimise the occurrence of crashes,” explains Ms Dhoogra. “This approach involves  preparing for any eventuality by planning ahead; ensuring that vehicles are roadworthy; staying informed of the expected conditions along any chosen route; heeding warnings;  adapting to changing road-, traffic, or weather conditions; driving defensively; and always being patient, alert, and courteous when on the road.”

Stay abreast of changing traffic conditions on the N3 Toll Route

Obtain real-time, verified route and traffic information from the 24-hour N3 Helpline on 0800 63 43 57 or by following @N3Route on X. Problems or emergencies on the N3 Toll Route should also be reported to the N3 Helpline for a swift response and emergency support.