BRITS face travel chaos across the country today as 21million cars hit the roads ahead of the big Easter outing.
The traffic nightmare is just the latest travel chaos across the county, with chaotic scenes at airports and ferries unfolding as early as this week.
Those hoping to catch a ferry have had a particularly grueling time.
Yesterday, the company all services suspended until the end of the weekendand told potential passengers to book with other companies.
And many train journeys will be replaced by buses once the construction work begins.
Long delays at airports started as early as 3 a.m. today.
Huge lines of passengers departing during the sun holidays snaked around the check-in counters in the early hours of the morning.
One traveler departing from Manchester tweeted “already chaos” – while others at Gatwick say they faced four-hour queues.
Manchester Airport urged passengers to arrive three hours before take-off or they risk missing their flight.
Charlie Cornish, chief executive of Manchester Airports Group, said: “We don’t have the number of staff that we need.
“We advise passengers to arrive three hours before their flight.”
earlier this month, angry children were forced to pee in plastic bags after being caught in five-hour queues.
Teens also vomited when they became exhausted while waiting, it said.
Alex Nash, a spokesman for the airport, apologized to customers for the “unsatisfactory” April 1 experience, saying the problems were caused by “staff shortages and recruitment issues.”
“In the coming weeks we are expecting waiting times at security checks of up to 90 minutes at times,” he said.
“Therefore, we ask passengers to arrive at the airport three hours in advance and to check that their carry-on baggage complies with security regulations before arrival, as each additional baggage check increases waiting times.”
A couple leaving for their anniversary told how they arrived at the airport at 4:30 p.m but were still queuing at 8:15 p.m. to get through security – 10 minutes after the scheduled departure.
Trouble was also reported at Heathrow and Birmingham this morning as tens of thousands of Britons try to move away.
British Airways and easyJet have canceled 110 flights, adding to the pain for those desperate to travel.
customers are advised to do so Find out about your rights when it comes to canceled flights and ferry bookings.
In Dover, motorists face terrible traffic jams. Council leader Trevor Bartlett said the city could “not tolerate another weekend of deadlock‘ and was about to report a ‘major incident’.
Travel bosses say the situation is the worst since Christmas 2020, when France closed its borders and locked more than 250,000 truck drivers in huge queues.
And Channel Tunnel bosses say anyone hoping to travel from Folkestone to France this weekend needs to come early – and bring food and drink.
Toby Howe, tactical director of the Kent Resilience Forum, advised travelers to “plan in a lot of extra time”.
He said the BBC Breakfast delays were caused by “the perfect storm” of the P&O chaos, a storm at sea that held up crossings, snow and IT problems.
DFDS ferries have reported two-hour delays on services from the port of Kent to Calais and said they could not accept desperate P&O customers. He expects 40,000 travelers today and Sunday.
The company’s Chris Parker said, “We’ve added additional departures and increased passenger capacity.”
The RAC is forecasting “two big waves of Easter traffic” for this weekend and next, with 21 million trips today and tomorrow.
CHAOS AT THE AIRPORT
Holidaymakers face a ‘tsunami of traffic’ on their way to the Eurotunnel and ferry crossings.
Eurotunnel said that greater demand at the start of the holidays and a reduction in ferry capacity created “a kind of tsunami of traffic all at once”.
Passengers would be offered the next available service if they missed their bookings.
But even those trying to avoid the streets and catching a train instead could face a rough ride.
Network Rail is conducting 530 civil works as of today.
The situation will not improve any time soon.
Overground services, the London Underground and airport shuttle trains face disruption between April 15-18.
And railway companies have been accused of slapping a “ridiculous” administration fee on customers who cancel Easter trips due to nationwide disruptions.
Customers who do not wish to travel on replacement buses but booked their tickets after they were confirmed will have to pay a £10 fee to receive a refund.
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