This weekend’s Easter outing will be the busiest on Britain’s roads in at least eight years, motorists are warned.
According to the RAC, an estimated 21.5 million leisure trips are made by car between Good Friday and Easter Monday.
That’s the highest number since the organization began tracking motorists’ Easter plans in 2014.
The busiest single day on the roads over the bank holiday weekend is expected to be Good Friday.
They have all the ingredients for trouble down the roadRod Dennis, RAC
Traffic information provider Inrix has highlighted several likely traffic jam hotspots.
– The M6 north between Junction 26 (Orrell Interchange, Greater Manchester) and Junction 36 (Lake District).
– The M25 clockwise from Junction 8 (Reigate Hill Interchange, Surrey) to Junction 16 (Denham Interchange, Buckinghamshire).
– The A303 near Stonehenge, Wiltshire.
Motorists wishing to avoid as many traffic jams as possible are asked to leave before 9:00 a.m. or to postpone their journey until after 7:30 p.m.
RAC Traffic Spokesman Rod Dennis said: “After two years of relatively quiet Easter holidays on the roads, our research points to a return to traffic levels much more typical of this time of year.
“It’s very possible this weekend will turn out to be one of the busiest for leisure travel in many years.
“Add in the impact of the disruptions on the rail network and one of the biggest events on the sporting calendar taking place this weekend and you have all the ingredients needed for trouble on the roads.
“Traffic levels will likely be even higher when warm spring sunshine arrives.”
Mr Dennis urged drivers to ensure vehicles are prepared for escape trips.
“This is even more important for anyone who is walking longer distances than they have been for several months,” he said.
“A breakdown is much less likely if a car’s oil and coolant levels, as well as tire pressure and tread depth are checked before driving.”
In addition to traffic jams, motorists are also threatened with the most expensive Easter of all time in terms of fuel prices.
Latest government figures show that the average cost of a liter of petrol at petrol stations in the UK on 4 April was 161.9p and diesel was 176.0p.
Other modes of transport are also expected to be disrupted over the Easter weekend.
Several airlines and airports are struggling with staff sickness and staff shortages as thousands of easyJet and British Airways flights have been canceled in recent weeks.
Manchester Airport warns departing passengers of delays of up to 90 minutes.
Train passengers are warned of delays as Network Rail implements 530 engineering projects at a total cost of £83million.
The West Coast Main Line will be closed between London Euston and Milton Keynes between Good Friday and Easter Monday due to upgrades to the existing line and work on the HS2.
This will affect football fans when Liverpool and Manchester City meet in an FA Cup semi-final match at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.
Kent’s roads are likely to continue to experience major congestion due to the lack of Channel crossings caused by the cessation of operations by P&O Ferries following the layoff of nearly 800 workers.
The company hopes to resume services this week pending regulatory approval.
https://www.independent.ie/life/travel/travel-news/uk-drivers-braced-for-busiest-easter-on-record-with-215m-journeys-planned-41540304.html British drivers braced themselves for the busiest Easter ever with 21.5 million scheduled journeys