DRIVERS face a week of travel chaos, with the Easter weekend expected to be the busiest in EIGHT years.
The RAC warns motorists to beware of possible motorway blockages as a record 21.5 million drivers prepare to take to the roads.
It was also said it will be the highest number of cars on the road for the four-day weekend since they began tracking motorists’ plans over Easter in 2014.
They have also urged drivers to drive after 7.30pm to avoid the worst of traffic jams.
Research has shown that Good Friday will be the busiest of the public holidays, with 4.62 million scheduled trips.
Almost 4 million trips will take place on Easter Monday, and another 7.2 million people plan to travel on Saturday and Sunday.
The worst spots for congestion are the M6 North between Junction 26 and Junction 36, the M25 clockwise from Junction 8 to Junction 16 and the A303 near Stonehenge.
Another RAC tip for avoiding congestion is to leave before 9am, as there are more than 500 roadworks going on on much of the northern railway line.
This will put additional strain on the roads as thousands of football fans plan to head to London for Saturday’s FA Cup clash between Manchester City and Liverpool.
Members of the Just Stop Oil group have also pledged to cause as much disruption as possible in central London over the next week, adding to travel woes.
RAC Traffic Spokesman Rod Dennis said: “After two years of relatively quiet Easter holidays on the roads, our research points to a return to much more typical traffic levels for 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 are likely to be even higher when warm spring sunshine arrives.
“This is even more important for anyone who is traveling longer distances than they have been for several months.
“A breakdown is much less likely when a car’s oil and coolant levels, as well as tire pressure and tread depth are checked before driving.”
It’s very possible this weekend will turn out to be one of the busiest for leisure travel in many years.
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.
There could also be diesel or gasoline shortages as protesting eco-warriors block gas stations and slow deliveries.
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 £83m.
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.
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.
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