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Easter weekend motoring misery

Easter weekend motoring misery

Easter weekend motoring misery
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Britons are cautioned to expect clogged motorways, congested A-roads, and high gasoline expenditures on one of the busiest bank holiday travel days ever.

For almost the four-day Easter weekend, the first without COVID restrictions in over two years, the UK is expecting to see 21.5 million automobile rides. It will be the largest figure for an Easter bank holiday since the RAC began tracking plans in 2014.

Thousands of visitors are likely to travel out or back to the UK over the four-day weekend.

Dover-Calais operations have been cancelled for this weekend, causing delays for vacationers.

Following the dismissal of 800 crew members last month, two of its ships were detained for safety reasons. In response, DFDS has volunteered to replace the gaps with more crossings.

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A travel agent told MailOnline that his company has had to rebook more than 150 journeys due to the suspension of P&O Ferries sailing.

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Meanwhile, EuroTunnel’s head told MailOnline today that some customers had booked early to avoid the busiest crossing days – Good Friday and Easter Saturday.

On the highways, 4.6 million automobile journeys are scheduled on Good Friday as people leave for the four-day weekend.

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Easter Monday is projected to be the busiest, with up to 4 million leisure journeys expected.

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Travel experts are warning of possible delays on routes, particularly well-known choke points like the A303 near Stonehenge.

The road, which narrows from two lanes to one near the iconic monument, is likely to be packed on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in both directions.

The RAC expects the A303 near Stonehenge to be busiest on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoon.

The M25, called the “Road to Hell”, will be crowded all weekend. The RAC said it will be busiest in Surrey, clockwise from J8 (Reigate) to J16 (Langley Corner/M40) late Friday morning and midday Saturday.

 

The same stretch of the London circular road will be busiest on Sunday between 12 and 2pm.

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This section of the M25 has the most major motorway intersections, including Heathrow Airport, the M3, M40, M4 and A3.

From Liverpool to South Lakes, the M6 north will be one of the busiest roads on Good Friday, as motorists drive to the Lake District and Scotland. Friday is predicted to be the busiest.

The M6 South from junction 20 (Runcorn/M56) to junction 16 (Stoke-on-Trent) will also be busy on Easter Monday evening.

On Easter Monday, the M3 northbound from Eastleigh/M27 to Basingstoke is predicted to be busy late afternoon.

To escape the rush, the RAC advises driving before 9am and after 7pm on Good Friday, after 3pm on Saturday and Sunday, and before 10.30am and after 6.30pm on Monday.

“After two years of relatively quiet Easter bank holidays on the roads, our research suggests a return to traffic levels that are much more typical of this time of year said RAC traffic spokesperson Rod Dennis.

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This weekend’s great athletic event, combined with rail disruption, makes for a perfect storm for traffic jams. If we have some mild spring sunshine, expect even more traffic.

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