Motorway traffic jam

August Bank Holiday traffic delays will start TODAY from 2pm

Motorway traffic jamAugust Bank Holiday traffic jams are predicted to begin TODAY (Friday 24th August) from 14:00, predicts the RAC and traffic analysts Inrix, as more than 14 million motorists say they’re planning a Bank Holiday getaway.

A total of 3.6 million cars are predicted to hit the road between 14:00 and 19:00. The busiest section most likely to see long delays? The M5 motorway between Junction 4 and Junction 1.  

How lengthy might those delays be? Well, a journey that usually takes 21 minutes could, according to Inrix data, stretch to 1 hour 21 minutes…

August Bank Holiday traffic map

Another 3.6 million cars will travel on Saturday, with the worst delays expected from 11:00 to 15:00. RAC advises motorists avoid the M1 between Junction 22 and Junction 25, particularly between 14:30 and 17:00.

In all, 1.6 million cars will hit the road on Sunday, and 2.4 million will travel on Monday, many of them between 1000 and 1530.

Highways England has at least lifted more than 300 miles of roadworks on motorways and major A-roads. RAC spokesman Rod Dennis added the late August Bank Holiday is not typically one of the busiest, as some people are already away.

But “it still has huge potential to bring gridlock to major roads, especially if we were to see the sun make a welcome comeback”.

What can motorists do? According to Inrix data scientist Josh Kidd, “travel as early or as late in the day as possible.

“However, on Friday, the joint busiest day this weekend, our data suggests drivers should set off between 10:00 and 13:00 to avoid clashing with commuters and other people planning a Bank Holiday getaway.”

Have a trip planned? Quick – you have no time to waste if you’re going to beat the traffic!

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