Bank Holiday Weekend Will Be Busiest On Record
If You’re Using The Motorway This Weekend Expect Traffic
According to research from the RAC, Britain will have the busiest May bank holiday weekend on record.
What’s The Cause?
Due to people not going away for Easter, as it was earlier this year, they’re going away this May Day weekend instead, which means there will be more people on the road compared to 2015. The RAC estimates that Saturday will see 8.4 million leisure trips by car, with noon the most congested time. This in comparison to 5.4 million on Friday, 6.9 million on Sunday, and 4.8 million on the Monday.
Where You Should Avoid
A number of motorway journeys will be heavily affected by the bank holiday traffic including the M5 from Bristol to Taunton, M4 between Cardiff and Swansea, M25 between Gatwick & M1, M55 between Preston & Blackpool, M53 between Liverpool & Chester, and the M23/A23 to Brighton. It’s not just motorways which will be busy, there are a number of A roads that the RAC have deemed ‘traffic hotspots’, including the A303 Andover to Ilminster, A30 & A48 Exeter to Cornwall, A47 Swaffham to Great Yarmouth, and the A11 Thetford to Norwich which should all be avoided if you want to stay away from the traffic this weekend.
What The RAC Say
Simon Williams of the RAC said: "The number of people who plan to use their cars for leisure trips, whether that's visiting family and friends or enjoying a day out or some time away, is far greater this year than last. This level of recreational car journeys is the highest we have seen in recent times. We think it can only be a hangover effect from Easter falling in late March when perhaps people didn't drive as much as they would have had it been April when the weather would have been a little warmer."
How About The Train?
No luck there. A number of lines are disrupted due to engineering works, with Great Western Railway, TransPennine Express and Virgin Trains amongst the operators affected. However Network Rail has said this weekend will be "one of the least disruptive bank holidays for railway travel for many years". But if you’re travelling up to Scotland via train you may find yourself on a bus due to work on the West Coast Main Line. A replacement bus service will be in use between Glasgow Central and various parts of north-west England this bank holiday weekend.
Check The Travel News, Take Care & Enjoy!
Whatever your plans are, make sure you check the latest travel news before you set off, take care when travelling and have a great bank holiday weekend!