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Major concerts set to impact traffic flow at Pokolbin

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It seems all roads lead to Pokolbin this weekend, particularly for entertainment aficionados.

And, it’s probably why Transport for NSW is urging motorists to plan ahead if they’re heading to Hunter Valley wine country as heavier than usual traffic is expected.

Already, there are numerous congestion issues on several major thoroughfares throughout the region.

High-profile events such as A Day of the Green and Grapevine Gathering won’t help the situation either, with both anticipating thousands of attendees.

Global superstars and Grammy Award-winning artists The Chicks are headlining the former concert, which will take place from noon on Saturday 21 October, at Bimbadgen Estate.

The trio is the biggest-selling US female band in history and making their triumphant return Down Under for the first time since 2017.

Delays are expected as vehicles enter and exit the venue.

Next door, at Hope Estate, Spacey Jane, The Wombats, Hayden James, King Stingray, Vanessa Amorosi, Cannons, The Rions, Teenage Joans and Bella Amor are taking the stage at Grapevine Gathering, from noon as well.

Again, it’s predicted to result in an increase in motorists and pedestrians in the area.

A shuttle bus will stop at a number of locations within the region.

“It’s important for people to prepare themselves,” a Transport for NSW spokesperson said.

“There’ll be more pedestrian activity as people make their way to and from the events, so motorists are reminded to slow down and exercise caution.

“In fact, they’re urged to plan their journey.

“There are currently significant traffic delays on the road network in Hexham and surrounding areas arising from unavoidable changes on the New England Highway.

“We had to take the urgent step of closing one lane in each direction on the Tarro Rail Bridge recently as a safety measure for all road users. 

“With these changes in place, we are encouraging motorists travelling in this area to allow plenty of additional travel time and consider using alternate routes.

“In the meantime, we thank everyone for their patience during this time.”

For the latest traffic updates download the Live Traffic NSW app, visit livetraffic.com or phone 132 701.

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