This weekend will be busiest summer getaway in EIGHT YEARS with 18.8million leisure trips planned

This weekend will be busiest summer getaway in EIGHT YEARS with 18.8million leisure trips planned

This weekend will be busiest summer getaway in EIGHT YEARS with nearly 19million leisure trips planned meaning ‘woeful’ traffic across the country, drivers are warned

  • Experts estimate 18.8million leisure trips this weekend as schools break up 
  • It’s the highest since 2014 and see this weekend being ‘woeful’ for traffic
  • Pinpoints are said to be in M25, M3, M23, M40, A303, M4, and M5

Drivers have been warned this weekend will be the busiest summer getaway in at least eight years as 18.8 million leisure trips are planned in the UK from Friday to Monday. 

The main motorways will be chock-a-block, experts have said, as schools break up and Brits are expect to take the highest number of trips since 2014. 

Leisure traffic volumes look set to peak on Saturday in what is being dubbed a ‘woeful weekend’ for traffic, a survey of 1,700 UK motorists by RAC suggested. 

The pinch points will be on the M25, London‘s orbital motorway, particular between Bromley and the Dartford Crossing; Maple Cross and the M3; and the M23 to the M40, according to transport analytics company Inrix. 

The A303 near Stonehenge, Wiltshire, the M4 between Cardiff and Newport in south Wales, and the M5 south of Bristol are also likely to see queuing traffic at various points this weekend.

It comes after the hottest day on record in the UK on Tuesday, where temperatures soared over 40C in over 30 areas, and saw melted roads and car fires up and down the country causing travel chaos. 

Drivers have been warned this weekend will be the busiest summer getaway in at least eight year as 18.8 million leisure trips are planned in the UK from Friday to Monday. Pictured: Aston Expressway, Birmingham jam this year

RAC spokesman Rod Dennis said: ‘The extreme heat that’s affecting much of the UK in the last few days might wane over the next few days, but we still expect the summer getaway to begin with a bang as a potentially record-breaking number of drivers take to the roads this coming weekend – and that’s despite the unbelievably high cost of fuel.

‘With school terms in England and Wales finishing this week and millions of people ready for a well-earned break, we anticipate a frantic Friday followed by a woeful weekend on major roads across the country, with traffic and congestion likely peaking on Saturday.

‘The advice to drivers heading off on a holiday by car is therefore clear – leave as early as you can in the morning or expect to be sat in some lengthy queues.’

The main motorways will be chock-a-block, experts have warned, as schools break up and Brits are expect to take the highest number of trips since 2014. Pictured: View of the A580 near Salford on  June 23

The main motorways will be chock-a-block, experts have warned, as schools break up and Brits are expect to take the highest number of trips since 2014. Pictured: View of the A580 near Salford on  June 23

Inrix transport analyst Bob Pishue said: ‘Drivers should expect traffic congestion to build throughout the day, especially on motorways.

‘Despite high fuel prices, travellers do not appear to be giving up their road trips and holidays.’

National Highways head of road safety Jeremy Phillips said: ‘With schools breaking up for summer soon there will be more people on the roads and taking longer journeys.

‘We know that breaking down can be a very upsetting experience, nobody wants to start off their holiday stranded at the side of the road, next to fast moving traffic.

‘So we are reminding drivers to check their vehicles, particularly the tyres, before setting off.’

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Charlotte Mclaughlin

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