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Holidaymakers given bank holiday traffic warning

03 May 2017 08:24

Holidaymakers could face delays this weekend

Holidaymakers could face delays this weekend

Britons heading on international and domestic trips this bank holiday weekend have been urged to plan ahead for potential transport issues.

Estimates suggest that as many as 10 million leisure journeys could take place on the country's roads between today (April 28) and Monday, as families seek to get away for the May Day weekend.

And those heading to airports in order to catch flights overseas have been warned that they'll be jostling with commuter traffic this evening, with road delays possible.

Monday will also be a busy period for the nation's road network, with the RAC suggesting a total of 3.4 million leisure journeys will be made.

Bonus bank holiday

Rod Dennis, traffic spokesman for the motoring group, said the latest bank holiday weekend may come as a pleasant surprise to people, given Easter was relatively recent.

He added: " Certainly our figures show that many of us will be packing the car up to enjoy a trip to see friends or family, with the vast majority of leisure journeys expected on bank holiday Monday itself which suggests day trips and drivers returning after a short break will be responsible for much of the traffic."

Planning ahead

People have a range of things to consider before jetting off on holiday - from packing their bags and buying new clothing to securing the right travel insurance .

But in the rush to reach the airport, they should also check over their car and ensure it's in good working order.

Mr Dennis said anyone planning a big road journey this weekend should give their vehicle a "quick once over", to minimise their chances of breaking down.

Train issues

Away from the roads, people who prefer to travel by train could face potential disruption over the bank holiday period. For example, no trains are set to run between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield/Ingatestone/Billericay.

Buses will replace trains between Carlisle and Glasgow Central/Edinburgh. And there will be no Southern services to or from London Bridge.