Holidaymakers heading home from the Easter weekend were caught up in possibly Australia’s worst traffic gridlock as they sat in huge queues for hours.
Traffic jams for more than 12km were seen on the Copper Coast Highway and Princes Highway causing a nightmare end to the long weekend in South Australia.
The queues started on Monday afternoon with thousands of motorists going back to Adelaide despite a new $4m roundabout installed last year to cut the holiday chaos.
Vision shows traffic chaos with cars backing up for kilometres as people head home to Adelaide from the Yorke Peninsula, a popular holiday getaway spot
Traffic jams for more than 12km on the Copper Coast Highway and Princes Highway caused a nightmare end to the Easter weekend
The queues started on Monday afternoon despite a new $4m roundabout installed last year to cut them
The bottleneck on the stretch of road around the small town of Port Wakefield, where Yorke Peninsula tourists join the A1 back to Adelaide, brought holidaymakers to a standstill for hours.
It is a notorious travel hotspot with drivers heading home after the Easter weekend getting snarled up in the jam every year.
The Yorke Peninsula is a popular getaway spot and attracts hundreds of vehicles and thousands of people getting out of the city every year for Easter.
Footage aired on Seven News showed the tailbacks, which started clogging the roads this afternoon, backing up for several kilometres.
The bottleneck on the stretch of road around the small town of Port Wakefield, where Yorke Peninsula tourists join the A1 back to Adelaide
Passing motorists showed the scale of the huge queues passing car after car stuck in the jams in vision of the queues.
While people also stuck in the jam themselves were posting on social media.
One shared a photo warning motorists about possible queues with a sarcastic caption.
Residents said they had wondered if the $4 million scheme to build a new roundabout would solve the chaos
Josie Hutchinson said: ‘The irony of seeing this sign after crawling in a line for one hour – that started 12km from Port Wakefield and we still aren’t even close – is not lost on me.’
But Katrina Greenshields also had to stick it out in the queues and posted on Facebook saying it was her first one and that she was ‘feeling patient’.
Meanwhile, other residents said they had wondered if the $4 million scheme to build a new roundabout would solve the chaos.
Josie Hutchinson posted this picture warning motorists about possible queues with a sarcastic caption
Michele Bain said: ‘I wondered whether the new roundabout and lights would help the notorious Easter Monday traffic snarl above Port Wakefield. Doesn’t look like it.’
The new roundabout at the junction from the Yorke Highway to the Copper Coast Highway near Port Wakefield area appears to have done little to cure the queues.
The $4 million scheme was part of an investment and road improvement programme worth more than $40m by the South Australia Government.
Work started on the improvements in May 2017 and was completed earlier this year.