BRITS have been warned to prepare for their worst traffic weekend in EIGHT YEARS as train stations are due to close this Easter weekend.
Transport authority AS has warned that essential maintenance work at many of Britain’s main train stations will force 27.6 million drivers onto the roads.
Experts predict travel chaos will continue across the country from Good Friday to Easter Monday, leaving millions in misery.
And drivers have been told to travel today to avoid a standstill. It comes tomorrow in front of a 22C scorcher.
Engineering work, including for HS2, will close London Euston to all services from tomorrow until Monday.
The closure will affect hundreds of thousands planning an Easter holiday as Euston, based in Camden, north London, is Britain’s fifth busiest railway station and the busiest intercity railway.
It connects the capital with the West Midlands, North West England, North Wales and Scotland.
This means the west coast railway line between London Euston and Milton Keynes Central will be closed throughout the Easter weekend.
Customers planning to travel between Euston and Scotland have now been advised to travel both sides of the long weekend.
All Tube services from Victoria and Euston stations will also be closed from Friday 15th to Monday 18th April.
While all Southern Railways trains between Victoria and East Croydon have been canceled over the weekend.
This will create chaos for passengers trying to board and disembark at Gatwick Airport.
In addition, the London Underground’s Piccadilly line, which travels to Heathrow, will be suspended over the Easter weekend.
There will also be replacement buses for the suspended train services between Liverpool Street Station and Stansted Airport.
The airport expects the busiest time since the pandemic began, with an estimated 1.3 million passengers due to pass through the airport over the Easter weekend.
On the roads, traffic information provider Inrix has highlighted several likely congestion hotspots.
This includes the M6 northbound between Junction 26 (Orrell Interchange, Greater Manchester) and Junction 36 (Lake District).
Whilst the clockwise M25 from Junction 8 (Reigate Hill interchange, Surrey) to Junction 16 (Denham interchange, Buckinghamshire) could also be a hotspot for travel chaos.
The A303 near Stonehenge, Wiltshire will also be a major sticking point for Britons scrambling to get to the West Country at Easter.
The busiest single day on the roads over the bank holiday weekend is expected to be Good Friday.
“BUSY FOR MANY YEARS”
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 is very possible that 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. “
He further advises: “Checking oil and coolant levels, as well as tire pressure and tread depth, can drastically reduce the chance of a puncture.
“We urge any driver planning a trip in the coming days to allow some time for it – it could mean the difference between a one-way trip or a curbside ride.”
It comes after the British were warned about long queues at the airport over Easter due to staff shortages.
Karen Dee, CEO of the Airport Operators’ Association, said: “Airports have been preparing for this for some time, but at peak times passengers may not have the experience they are used to.
“Airports are working hard to recruit more staff in a very competitive job market and are working with the UK Government to address any delays in required checks before staff can start work.”
Bottlenecks arose after airports and airlines came under financial pressure from the pandemic and many employees lost their jobs.
British Airways passengers have experienced a great deal of travel chaos in recent weeks due to a series of IT outages.
https://www.thesun.ie/travel/8606393/easter-holiday-travel-stations-shut/ The Easter holidays descend into CHAOS as major train stations are CLOSED for the bank holiday weekend and 27.6 million riders take to the streets