7News is reporting that traffic chaos is on the way for Melburnians commuting over the Christmas & New Year period.

From Boxing Day, traffic on the West Gate Bridge will be severely restricted, with most lines closed.

The bridge carries more than 200,000 vehicles each day.

Between December 26 and 31 the inbound lanes of the West Gate Bridge will be limited.

Three of the five lines will be closed between 5 AM and 9 PM and four lanes will shut between 9 PM and 5 AM.

“The expectation is the maximum delay could go up to one hour,” West Gate Project Manager Aidin Montazami said.