Wuhan New Year’s Day holiday travel guide is released, and it is suggested to avoid these periods.

On December 29th, Wuhan Municipal Transportation Bureau issued the Wuhan Expressway Travel Guide: The overall traffic volume of expressways during New Year’s Day in 2024 will increase by about 25% compared with that during New Year’s Day in 2023. It is estimated that during the New Year’s Day holiday in 2024 (December 30, 2023-January 1, 2024), the total traffic volume passing through the high-speed toll stations in Wuhan will be 2.774 million, with an average daily traffic volume of 924,000. On average, there are 449,000 trips to Han and 475,000 trips to Han every day.

The peak of high-speed congestion is expected on the first day of the holiday.

The day before New Year’s Day (December 29th), the peak of expressway traffic is expected to appear from 16: 00 to 20: 00, and the cumulative high-speed traffic on that day is expected to exceed 1 million, reaching 1.027 million. On the first day of the holiday (December 30), the demand for outbound travel increased, and it is expected that the peak of outbound high-speed congestion will occur from 9: 00 to 13: 00, which is also the peak of the whole holiday. Return trips are scattered. It is expected that from the second day of the holiday (December 31st), return trips will increase, and there will be a small peak of return high-speed congestion on New Year’s Day from 15: 00 to 19: 00, and the accumulated high-speed traffic on that day is expected to be close to 1 million.

Traffic trend chart of expressway toll stations around New Year’s Day in 2024 (unit: 10,000 times).

Daily traffic forecast during New Year’s Day in 2024 (unit: 10,000 trips).

It is recommended to avoid peak travel during these periods.

Through the daily traffic forecast, combined with the law of peak hours on New Year’s Day in recent years, the peak hour traffic pressure mainly appears on December 29, 2023, and the daily peak hour traffic will reach 87,000, and the traffic will decrease on the first day (December 30) and the second day (December 31) of the holiday.

December 29, 2023 (the day before the festival): It is estimated that the peak flow period will be from 16: 00 to 20: 00, and the hourly flow will be above 51,000, reaching the peak flow at 17: 00, and the hourly flow will be 87,000.

January 1, 2024 (the last day of the holiday): It is estimated that the peak flow period of that day will be from 12: 00 to 18: 00, and the hourly flow will be more than 72,000, reaching the peak at 17: 00, and the hourly flow will be 85,000.

Change chart of hourly traffic volume of expressway toll stations around New Year’s Day in 2024 (unit: stations).

It is predicted that the average daily flow of Fuhe toll station is the highest.

It is estimated that around New Year’s Day in 2024, the direction of expressway traffic will be mainly huangpi district, caidian district and Donghu High-tech Zone.

It is estimated that before and after the New Year’s Day in 2024, the top ten stations with daily average traffic entering and leaving the expressway toll stations are: 1. Fuhe toll station (74,000 times per day); 2. Qintai Toll Station (68,000 sets per day); 3. Wudong Toll Station (59,000 sets per day); 4. Wuxi Toll Station (54,000 sets per day); 5. Huangpi Toll Station (53,000 sets per day); 6. Wuhan Qinglong Toll Station (52,000 sets per day); 7. Caidian Toll Station (42,000 sets per day); 8. Gongjialing Toll Station (38,000 times per day); 9. Xiaojun Mountain Toll Station (33,000 times per day); 10. Jinghe Toll Station (29,000 sets per day).

It is estimated that before and after the New Year’s Day in 2024, the top ten toll stations with the average daily flow of expressway toll stations into the city are: 1. Fuhe toll station (27,000 times per day); 2. Qintai Toll Station (27,000 sets per day); 3. Wuxi Toll Station (26,000 sets per day); 4. Wudong Toll Station (22,000 sets per day); 5. Huangpi Toll Station (20,000 sets per day); 6. Gong Jialing (19,000 sets per day); 7. Caidian Toll Station (16,000 times per day); 8. Jinghe Station (12,000 stations per day); 9. Xiaojun Mountain Toll Station (12,000 times); 10. Qinglong Toll Station (9,000 sets).

It is estimated that before and after the New Year’s Day in 2024, the top ten toll stations with the average daily flow of expressway toll stations out of the city are: 1. Fuhe toll station (47,000 times per day); 2. Qintai Toll Station (41,000 sets per day); 3. Wudong Toll Station (37,000 sets per day); 4. Huangpi Toll Station (34,000 sets per day); 5. Wuxi Toll Station (28,000 sets per day); 6. Caidian Toll Station (26,000 times per day); 7. Xiaojun Mountain Toll Station (21,000 times); 8. Gong Jialing (19,000 sets per day); 9. Jinghe Toll Station (17,000 sets per day); 10. Hannan Toll Station (14,000 sets per day).

Combined with the traffic forecast and the congestion situation of toll stations during the Dragon Boat Festival and National Day, and considering the travel direction, it is estimated that the expressway toll stations that may be congested include Caidian, Huangpi, Fuhe, Wuhan West, Gongjialing, Xiaojun Mountain, Wuhan North, Wuhan East, Fenghuang Mountain, Qintai, Changqing, Dunkou and liangzi lake, etc. From 15: 00 to 19: 00 on the day before the holiday (December 29) The above stations should be focused on, and the emergency evacuation plan should be made in advance.

Schematic diagram of prediction of toll stations prone to congestion during New Year’s Day in 2024.

Among them, the road near Fenghuangshan toll station is still under construction, and it is necessary to focus on congestion. The new Wudong Toll Station was put into use on December 15th, but it has taken on the traffic flow of the original Wudong Toll Station and the Leopard Toll Station, and the traffic pressure has increased. However, considering that the new station has two more lanes than the original station, and tidal lane is set up, it is expected that the congestion will be alleviated from the serious congestion in previous years to the slight congestion.

Congestion sections of easy-to-send expressways will also appear in G4 Beijing-Hong Kong-Macao Expressway, G50 Shanghai-Chongqing Expressway, S1 Daihuang Expressway, S15 Hancai Expressway, S7 Wue Expressway, G70 Fuyin Expressway and S3 Wuma Expressway.

In addition, some key areas also need attention. During the New Year’s Day, the festivals held by the cultural parks and scenic spots in Wuhan New Town may attract more citizens to visit, which will lead to an increase in road traffic around the cultural parks and scenic spots. It is expected that activities such as Magnolia Township Fishing Lantern Festival, "Fish Leaping Dragon Gate" New Year Blessing Activity and Mulan Shengtian Acrobatic New Year Festival will attract more people to visit, and it is necessary to focus on the traffic conditions of expressways and important national and provincial trunk roads around the activity places.

Wuhan Municipal Bureau of Transportation reminds that the areas where the traffic flow of the highway network is relatively concentrated mainly include sections such as Hancai Expressway, Huyu Expressway and Daihuang Expressway. It is suggested that the public plan the route in advance to avoid the high-flow toll stations, sections and key national and provincial trunk highways in relevant areas to ensure safe, fast and efficient travel. In case of traffic accident or vehicle failure, we should keep in mind the "9-character epigram": call the police when the car pulls over and people evacuate. Please dial 122 if there is a traffic accident while driving on the ordinary highway; Please call (027)96122 if there is a traffic accident while driving on the expressway, and call (027)12122 if you need rescue.

(Changjiang Daily reporter Xu Dan correspondent Zhang Kao)

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