The AA has issued its first “amber traffic warning” for Friday and Saturday (29 and 30 July) due to heavy traffic jams expected, likely to peak between 11am and 3pm on both days.
This is due to a combination of the first changeover days for holiday rentals during the school summer holidays in England and Wales, a rail strikethe Commonwealth Games in Birminghamand the start of the Football League season in England.
Roads approaching Dover and that Eurotunnel Terminal in Folkestone They are expected to be busy, as are those serving Devon and Cornwall, such as the M5, A303 and A30.
The south west and west sections of the M25, the Bristol M4/M5 junction and the M6, M42, M1 and M62 are also prone to congestion this weekend.
Jack Cousens, Head of Street Policy for the AAsaid: “Mixed with bank holiday rentals changeover day starting Friday train is on strike and a huge weekend of sport, we are concerned drivers will experience delays across the network, with the south of England being particularly vulnerable.
“All eyes will be on Dover and Folkestone but we believe changes have been made throughout the week and we are crossing our fingers for a smoother journey across the English Channel.
“Breakdowns can exacerbate congestion and last weekend we saw an increase in breakdowns where vehicle checks were not carried out before departure.
“Spending 10 minutes checking tires and fluid levels before setting off can make a world of difference when it comes to helping people reach their destination.”
“Operation Brock Contraflow remains in force on the M20 and is part of a series of measures to improve Kent’s resilience and ensure the smooth flow of traffic through the region in the event of a disruption to services across the English Channel.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/national/uk-today/20586882.aa-issue-amber-traffic-warning-weekend-due-severe-congestion/?ref=rss AA is issuing a yellow traffic warning over the weekend due to heavy traffic jams