RAA reveals most congested roads during Adelaide 500 road closures

20 November, 2023

RAA has crunched the numbers to uncover the routes most impacted by Vailo Adelaide 500 road closures, advising motorists to leave earlier or consider active transport options, like public transport, cycling and walking. 

Traffic data analysed by RAA shows some commute times were significantly higher than average on Friday, including:

  • Payneham Road between Glynburn Road and Hackney Road, taking up to 14-minutes longer than the average 18-minute peak hour commute
  • Magill Road between Glynburn Road and Payneham Road, taking up to 22-minutes longer than the regular 12-minute peak hour commute
  • Fullarton Road between Cross Road and Greenhill Road, taking 17-minutes longer than the regular 8-minute peak hour commute

Other roads analysed by RAA with travel time increases included Glen Osmond Road, Portrush Road, Hackney Road, The Parade, and The Parade West.

RAA Senior Manager Safety and Infrastructure Charles Mountain said drivers coming from the east of the city in morning peak times should carefully plan their trip or consider alternative methods of transport to avoid lengthy delays.

“We’re reminding drivers to plan ahead by leaving earlier than usual to allow additional time to get to work or school drop-off,” Mr Mountain said.

“Motorists should consider leaving the house before 7:30am when peak hours typically commence to avoid the worst of the congestion.

“We are also seeing the duration of peak hour times increase due to the traffic delays, so we recommend getting on your way much earlier than usual.”

Another strategy drivers may consider is using public transport or getting active as part of their commute.

“With mild Spring weather forecasted throughout the week, drivers may also consider taking public transport or walking or riding to work instead,” Mr Mountain said.

“With many bike trails available into the city such as the Norwood-Magill Bikeway, cyclists can find many low-traffic routes which could be quicker than driving during peak hours.”

“For those able to, another option is working from home to avoid traffic delays altogether this week.”

Although the Adelaide 500 event finishes Sunday, 26 November, some road closures remain in place until the end of the month.

View the full list of road closures here: Community Information | VAILO Adelaide 500