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UK NewsSummer holiday traffic: Millions of Brits take to the roads and skies for 'frantic Friday'

20:50  19 july  2019
20:50  19 july  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

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Brace yourselves for Frantic Friday ! Summer holiday travel will see 13 million cars take to Britain's roads as RAC warns of delays and tailbacks across the Queues up to 90 minutes are expected on Friday as schools break up for summer . Peak traffic on London's M25 is expected between junctions

Brits face ‘ Frantic Friday ’ as 13 million hit the road for summer getaway gridlock. This is around four million more than the same weekend last year and would represent the largest summer getaway since 2014, according to the analysis.

Summer holiday traffic: Millions of Brits take to the roads and skies for 'frantic Friday' © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd

One of the busiest ever holiday getaways was underway this weekend as more than 13 million car trips and record numbers of air passengers tested the capacity of Britain’s infrastructure - and quite likely the patience of its inhabitants.

Summer holiday traffic: Millions of Brits take to the roads and skies for 'frantic Friday' © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd

Amid distinctly unsummery conditions in many parts of the country, some 5.3 million car journeys by vacationers were expected during “frantic Friday” as many schools broke up and families headed to holiday spots at home and abroad.

Summer holiday traffic: Millions of Brits take to the roads and skies for 'frantic Friday' © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd

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Drivers are bracing for ' Frantic Friday ' tomorrow as 13 million cars take to Britain's roads for the start of the summer holidays this weekend. In London, peak traffic on the M25 is expected at 4.30pm on Friday between junctions 7 and 16, with delays of more than 40 minutes. On the M1, heavy traffic is

Thirteen million cars are due to hit the roads today as ' Frantic Friday ' brings gridlocked motorways and heaving airports as schools break up for the Thirteen million cars will hit the roads today as five million families battle regular commuters to get a head start on their summer holidays as schools

Motoring organisations warned of severe congestion on popular routes, especially the M25 and M1 motorways with a likely 18 per cent rise in breakdowns across the road network.

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'Frantic Friday'

An oil spillage on the M5 led to lengthy delays for travellers heading to the West Country (Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

The exodus, which the RAC said would see 13.4 million leisure journeys by road by the end of the weekend, is predicted to be the busiest for five years, suggesting that many Britons are opting for a “staycation” amid economic uncertainty caused by Brexit and the effects of a falling pound.

According to one survey, just under 40 per cent of Britons taking a holiday have said they are opting to stay in the UK, with almost half of those citing the cost of venturing abroad as their reason for remaining at home.

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It's Frantic Friday ! 13 MILLION cars will take to Britain's roads today as children break up from school and families make an early start on their summer Thirteen million cars are due to hit the roads today as ' Frantic Friday ' brings gridlocked motorways and heaving airports as schools break up for

Media captionHow do you avoid holiday traffic jams? Drivers are being warned of "significant queues" as millions of people take to the roads for the start of the school holidays . Congestion is expected to peak on Friday as holidaymakers share the roads with commuter traffic . The RAC has warned of

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Those hoping for an immediate domestic summer bonus in the form of the weather would have been disappointed, however, as heavy downpours brought more than an inch of rain to some parts of the country.

Further thunderstorms were predicted over the weekend. Relief for sun worshippers will come next week with hotter and fairer weather from Sunday onwards predicted to peak on Tuesday and Wednesday with temperatures of 34C (93F) - making it likely that the UK will experience its hottest day of the year so far next week.

Dan Harris, deputy chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “As we head into next week we are expecting some parts of the country to see very warm weather, which could reach heatwave thresholds. However, in the cloudier, windier and wetter part of the North West temperatures will be nearer normal despite high humidity.”

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MORE than 13 million cars will flood motorways over the weekend as families hit the road for school holidays . Research undertaken by the RAC and INRIX reveals 13.4 million vehicles are estimated to take leisure journeys over the weekend. And traffic is expected to peak on Friday , with 5.3 million

millions take to the roads for the start of the school summer holidays . An estimated 13.4 million leisure trips will take place between today and Sunday — four million more Today has been dubbed “ Frantic Friday ” as an extra 5.3 million drivers are set to battle for road space with regular commuters.

George Flinton, AA patrol worker of the year, said: “Motorways, coastal routes and roads to ferry crossings, airports and the Channel Tunnel are likely to be busy. If you can, set off early to beat the queues or wait until later to miss the daytime heat.”

Notwithstanding the dip in the value of the pound amid concern at the growing possibility of a no-deal Brexit, huge numbers of Britons will also take to the skies this weekend.

Busy skies

EasyJet planes on the tarmac (Photo: JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)

Both of Scotland’s largest airports said they expected to record numbers of passengers with 52,000 due to take off from Edinburgh and 34,000 flying from Glasgow.  Budget airline easyJet said it expected its busiest ever day by carrying 312,000 passengers across Europe, a third of them departing from UK airports.

NATS, the air traffic control provider for the UK, has said it expects this summer to be its busiest on record with more than 8,000 flights per day.

Those letting the train take the strain have been warned of significant disruption as Network Rail begins a 16-day closure of a major junction on the West Coast Main Line from Saturday.

Air travel strike ballots

The upgrade to track, signalling and overhead power lines at Acton Grange, located between Crewe and Preston, means journeys between London Euston and Scotland will take longer with rail replacement buses in use.

Summer travel plans also face possible disruption in coming weeks from potential strike action at major airports and the airline Ryanair. Talks are ongoing to try to resolve pay disputes involving ground staff at Heathrow and Gatwick while Ryanair pilots employed in the UK will next week receive strike ballot papers for a dispute related to pensions, allowances and maternity benefits.

The results of the ballot will be announced at the beginning of next month and any industrial action would be scheduled to begin from 21 August onwards, potentially disrupting the travel plans of thousands.

A55 joins M6, M5, M4 and M3 on the full list of UK roads to avoid this summer.
Traffic will be expected on these roads if you're driving on them at any point over the coming weeks

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