Apology for Auckland traffic chaos
Auckland Transport has apologised for traffic chaos late this morning.
Outraged motorists reported heavy congestion during the weekend rush-hour due to a range of council and New Zealand Transport Agency related projects.
The madness came at a time when sports-playing commuters, weekend workers and shoppers hit the road.
The worst congestion was on Great North Road, which was partially closed for resealing, while continuous work on the Waterview Connection held up traffic.
A spokesperson from Auckland Transport, Sharon Hunter, apologised for the delays.
"We regret the traffic build up but maintenance work is necessary. We elect to do it during the weekend to avoid peak hour traffic on weekdays."
In the past year an extra 300 cars per hour have hit some of Auckland's main motorways on weekends compared with 2011, according to figures from the NZ Transport Agency.
The biggest rush occurs in the middle of the day but doesn't completely die down until evening.
Statistics from TomTom, a manufacturer of car GPS devices, found similar trends with weekend traffic increasing across Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
Driving in the three main centres is about 20 per cent worse on the weekend compared to overnight or free-flowing traffic.