It’s the August bank holiday weekend and that means one thing for Britain’s motorists: traffic. Both the RAC and Green Flag have supplied lists of roads likely to prove troublesome over the bank holiday period.
Here’s the what, when and where of the roads you need to avoid.
Bank holiday mayhem
The RAC predicts that there will be some 16.5 million leasure trips by car taken this bank holiday weekend.
Meanwhile, Green Flag, based on data from last year, is estimating that it will receive 138,000 calls for breakdowns over the period between today (Friday 23 August) and Monday (26 August). It’s also predicting that some 77,000 incidents will occur on British roads during this period.
Your best chance of avoiding an incident or indeed a breakdown is steering clear of the most congested roadways at the most congested times. To that end, the RAC has collated its predictions for where it expects the most congestion to be, and when, based on data from analytics specialists INRIX.
Bank Holiday advice
Avoid the M25 and the M6 if at all possible. Friday and Saturday are likely to be the busiest, with over 9 million of the expected 16.5 million of this weekend’s leisure journeys expected to take place over today and tomorrow (Saturday)
Use your own knowledge of local roads and relevant traffic reports, as well as the following advice, when planning your journeys.
Friday 23 August
When: 11am to 6pm
Where: M25 south east anticlockwise, J4 Bromley to J1 Dartford – 3.15pm
M6 north J18 Chester to J24 St Helens – 2pm
Advice: avoid the above routes at the time’s they’re expected to be most congested. If possible, take your journey in the evening.
Saturday 24 August
When: 10.30am to 2pm
Where: M6 north J22 Newton to J26 Liverpool – 3.45pm
M25 south east anticlockwise, J4 Bromley to J1 Dartford – 1.45pm
Advice: avoid the above routes at the times they’re expected to be most congested. If possible, take your journey after 4pm.
Sunday 25 August
When: 12.30pm to 2pm
Where: M25 clockwise J7 Gatwick to J16 M40 – 1.30pm
A303 West Amesbury to A36 – 5pm
Advice: avoid the above routes at the times they’re expected to be most congested. If possible, take your journey early (before 10.30am) or later on (after 6.30pm).
Monday 26 August
When: 12pm and 2.30pm
Where: M6 south J27 Wigan to J13 Stafford – 2.15pm
M25 anticlockwise J10 Guildford to J6 East Grinstead – 2.45pm
Advice: avoid the above routes at the times they’re expected to be most congested. If possible, take your journey early (before 11am) or later on (after 6pm).
“Bank holidays have historically been one of the busiest times for road trips, and this year drivers could even see record-level travel delays,” said Trevor Reed, transportation analyst at INRIX.
“Knowing when and where congestion will build can help drivers avoid the stress of sitting in traffic.”