Get Ready For The Bank Holiday Traffic

Wed 22nd Aug 2018

Britain’s roads will be jammed with 14.4million cars this weekend according to a new set of research focusing on one of the busiest weekends of the year.

The research, which has been provided by INRIX and the RAC, has pinpointed the expected busiest areas for the long Bank Holiday, with around 11.2million drivers planning journeys between Thursday and holiday Monday.

The traffic is likely be unrelenting, even Thursday will likely see 3.6m drivers take an early holiday, while Friday and Saturday will see the brunt of the traffic with a combined 7.2m journeys.

RAC traffic spokesman Rod Dennis said: “While the late August bank holiday is not typically one of the busiest on the roads due to it falling in the middle of the school holidays when people are already away, either in the UK or abroad, it still has huge potential to bring gridlock to major roads, especially if we were to see the sun make a welcome comeback.

“There are plenty of known hotspots on the motorway network but probably the single biggest one in the summer months is the Almondsbury interchange at Bristol, where the M5 and the M4 meet.

“As tens of thousands of drivers head for Devon and Cornwall the coming-together of traffic leads to regular tailbacks every Friday afternoon.”

Those who want to take a leisurely pace this weekend should avoid the M5 on Friday and the M1 on Saturday, with advice suggesting that Friday between 10am and 1pm and Saturday between 5pm and 7pm being the best times to travel.

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