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UK NewsThe motorways to avoid this bank holiday weekend: Hour-long delays expected on the M25 and M6 as 16.5million cars hit the road

16:35  23 august  2019
16:35  23 august  2019 Source:   thisismoney.co.uk

480 miles of motorway roadworks to be lifted for Bank Holiday weekend

480 miles of motorway roadworks to be lifted for Bank Holiday weekend That will mean 97 percent of the UK's strategic road network will be free from roadworks. Highways England, the government-run company in charge of the country's motorways and major A-roads, has promised to lift more than 480 miles of roadworks in time for the August Bank Holiday.

MORE than 16 million cars will flood UK roads over the Bank Holiday weekend , new research has found. Drivers will hit the road as early as tomorrow in a Motorists can expect a 21-minute delay on the M 6 north between J22 and J26 on Saturday, as almost 4.4 million additional cars take to the road .

Traffic delays this year are expected to increase almost 30 per cent on last Easter, and preparation is key in order to jump the queues. THIS Easter weekend the UK is expected to see more than 20 million cars on our roads , as holidaymakers make the most of the break.

The motorways to avoid this bank holiday weekend: Hour-long delays expected on the M25 and M6 as 16.5million cars hit the road © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Get ready to queue: A massive 16.5m vehicles will be hitting the road over the bank holiday weekend, transport analysts have predicted

Transport data experts have calculated that 16.5 million motors will hit the road over the next few days as Britons pack up their vehicles to enjoy the bank holiday sun away from home.

And that ultimately means bedlam on some of the busiest routes in the UK.

Fortunately, a combined effort by the RAC and analysts at INRIX has provided a traffic crystal ball for drivers to dodge jammed motorways, with some predicted to have hour-long tailbacks between now and Monday evening.

Don't travel on Bank Holiday until after 9pm to avoid traffic misery, motorists urged

Don't travel on Bank Holiday until after 9pm to avoid traffic misery, motorists urged Millions of Brits are expected to hit the roads over the Bank Holiday weekend - causing severe delays for millions. Motoring groups have now urged people heading off for the long weekend to wait until 9pm before taking to the roads. Tourism bosses are anticipating the number of Britons making the most of the August bank holiday by taking a domestic short break or holiday will be the highest on record. Research by the RAC and traffic information supplier Inrix suggests 16.5 million leisure journeys will take place on UK roads between Friday and Monday.

ALMOST 14. 5 million cars will clog Britain's roads this weekend as families take off for an enjoyable long weekend . And those travelling on the M 1 can expect similar congestion on Saturday, with at least 45 minute delays . Eight miles of roadworks are not being lifted on a stretch of the motorway

Traffic is expected to peak on Friday as holidaymakers share the roads with commuter traffic. On Monday the M 6 southbound between Wigan and Stafford could have delays of an hour , with traffic Highways England said most work would have been completed or lifted with 97% of motorways "free

Today and Saturday are expected to be the busiest on the roads, with a combined 9.4 million trips expected to be made by car over the course of the two days.

And bank holiday Monday alone will see another 3.7 million motorists using busy routes, according to the calculations.

THE MOTORWAYS TO AVOID THIS BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND
Date Number of cars on the road Busiest times Best time to avoid jams Worst affected major roads Expected length of delays
Friday 23 August 5m 11am to 6.30pm After 9pm M25 anticlockwise J4 Bromley to J1 Swanscombe/Dartford 55-minute delay around 3.15pm
M6 north J18 Northwich/Chester to J24 St Helens 54-minute delay around 2pm
Saturday 24 August 4.4m 10.30am to 2pm After 4pm M1 north J22 Newton/Leigh to J26 Liverpool 21-minute delay around 3.45pm
M25 anticlockwise J4 Bromley to J1 Swanscombe/Dartford 21-minute delay around 1.45pm
Sunday 25 August 3.4m 12.30pm to 2pm Before 10.30am, after 6.30pm M25 clockwise J7 Gatwick Airport to J16 (for M40) 26-minute delay around 1.30pm
A303 West Amesbury to A36 22-minute delay around 5pm
Monday 26 August 3.7m 12pm and 2.30pm Before 11am, after 6pm M6 south J27 Wigan to J13 Stafford south 61-minute delay around 2.15pm
M25 anticlockwise J10 London/Guildford to J6 East Grinstead 18-minute delay around 2.45pm
Source: INRIX

Tourism bosses are anticipating the number of Britons making the most of the August bank holiday by taking a domestic short break or holiday will be the highest on record.

The best and worst times to travel on Friday as record number of bank holiday travellers expected

The best and worst times to travel on Friday as record number of bank holiday travellers expected Research suggests 16.5 million leisure journeys will take place on UK roads between Friday and Monday

Traffic is expected to peak on Friday as holidaymakers share the roads with commuter traffic. On Monday the M 6 southbound between Wigan and Stafford could have delays of an hour , with traffic Highways England said most work would have been completed or lifted with 97% of motorways "free

In brief. 16 . 5 m leisure journeys expected over the weekend . Friday and Saturday to be busiest days. M1 and M 6 among worst-affected routes. Traffic experts have warned that this weekend could see record delays on the roads as drivers make more than 16 . 5 million leisure trips across the August

With that in mind, traffic boffins have been crunching historical data and checked existing roadworks and major event calendars to name the roads it thinks will be the worst for delays.

Unsurprisingly, it includes the M25 - the motorway most notorious for queuing traffic.

The ring road around London going in an anticlockwise direction between junction 1 and 4 will have hour-long jams today, INRIX says.

"Bank holidays have historically been one of the busiest times for road trips, and this year drivers could even see record-level travel delays "
Trevor Reed,  traffic analyst at INRIX

Already by 2pm there are tailbacks for six to eight miles, resulting in 45 minute delays, on this part of the M25.

The M6 south between junction 27 and 13 will have 60 minute tailbacks on Monday, the analysts believe.

Routes to coastal resorts and countryside beauty spots are also likely to be among the busiest.

Heavy traffic forecast as 16.5m leisure trips expected this weekend

Heavy traffic forecast as 16.5m leisure trips expected this weekend And the promise of good weather could see yet more holidaymakers come out of the woodwork. Jams are predicted over the bank holiday weekend as British drivers are expected to make a whopping 16.5 million leisure journeys. Government measures to improve traffic flow: 480 miles of motorway roadworks to be lifted for Bank Holiday weekend Cumbrian A-road improvements will cut traffic and help wildlife Estimates from the RAC and data firm Inrix suggest today Friday, August 23, and Saturday, August 24, will be the busiest days, with a combined total of 9.

Millions of Brits are expected to hit the roads over the Bank Holiday weekend - causing severe Friday is expected to be the worst day for jams as five million drivers embarking on journeys for a Highways England said it is keeping 97% of England’s motorways and major A- roads free from

BANK holiday chaos struck early today as a huge motorway crash sparked six- hour delays and thousands of Gatwick Airport passengers were hit by And it is expected to get worse as 16 . 5 million drivers will clog up the roads over the scorching three-day weekend . The RAC says leisure and

The best time to be on the road will be after 9pm, but that will be too late for millions of people travelling long distances.

However, traffic levels could spike even sharper, motorists are warned.

Trevor Reed, transportation analyst at INRIX, said the predicted great weather could result in record levels of queues.

'Bank holidays have historically been one of the busiest times for road trips, and this year drivers could even see record-level travel delays,' he said.

'Knowing when and where congestion will build can help drivers avoid the stress of sitting in traffic.'

The motorways to avoid this bank holiday weekend: Hour-long delays expected on the M25 and M6 as 16.5million cars hit the road © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Trevor Reed, transportation analyst at INRIX, said the combination of great weather and a three-day weekend means traffic could reach record levels

Highways England, which is responsible for all the trunk roads and major motorways in the country has already taken steps to attempt to minimise the number of jams.

Melanie Clarke, customer service director at the highways agency, said just three per cent of the roads it manages will have roadworks in place over the course of the weekend.

Bank Holiday travel chaos: what you need to know

Bank Holiday travel chaos: what you need to know Road and rail disruption expected to slow down 8.6m Brits on the move

Drivers across the country could hit the road as early as today in a bid to dodge heavy traffic Drivers can expect heavy traffic on Saturday between 11am to 2pm, with expected delays on the M 4 west " This will mean the coming week and the bank holiday will likely be characterised by lengthy queues

Over 25 million car journeys are expected to take place over Easter weekend .

But she also urged drivers to inspect their vehicles before they depart to make sure there are no obvious defects that could cause them to break down.

This includes tyre tread depth and inflation as well as oil and coolant levels.

'Safety is our top priority and we know from experience that almost half of breakdowns can easily be avoided if motorists carry out simple vehicle checks before setting off over this period,' she said.

The motorways to avoid this bank holiday weekend: Hour-long delays expected on the M25 and M6 as 16.5million cars hit the road © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Motorists are being warned to check their vehicles before departing to avoid common breakdowns that could cause chaos on major routes

The RAC's breakdown assistance rival Green Flag has forecast there to be 13 vehicle breakdowns per minutes over the next few days.

After reviewing previous August bank holiday requests, it's expecting up to 138,000 calls and 77,000 incidents by the end of play on Monday.

It warned: 'The bank holiday traffic is also likely to bring a higher number of traffic incidents; over the last three years, almost 42,000 traffic incidents have taken place during bank holiday weekends, with more than half (52 per cent) of incidents occurring on main roads.

'Alarmingly, for every traffic incident on UK roads, on average, 1.4 casualties will occur.'

Half of driver don't know they can get sun burnt when driving with the windows closed

Research by comparison site Confused.com found that 48 per cent of drivers aren’t aware that you can still get sun damage while driving with the window closed.

It conducted an experiment with Melanoma UK and found that occupants are at risk of getting a 'white van tan', with the right-hand-side of the body most likely to be affected.

Gillian Nuttall, CEO of the charity, said: 'Melanoma cases continue to increase in the UK and we need to address our behaviour in the sun. Protection is vital.

'If you are going to drive with the windows down, use high factor sunscreens, long sleeves, hats, good sunglasses and remember, every day in the UK, seven people die of melanoma.'

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