Traffic halts as the Great Bank Holiday getaway begins

  • More than 10 million leisure journeys are expected and RAC warned drivers to expect delays on Friday 
  • Monday will be the busiest day for leisure trips with 3.4m such journeys, as motorists head home
  • It is also predicted that around 43,000 breakdowns will delay journeys across the Bank Holiday 

More than 10 million leisure journeys are expected on Britain’s roads between Friday and Monday as motorists embark on a getaway for the May Day bank holiday.

The RAC warned drivers to expect delays on Friday as commuter traffic will share space with recreational travellers and around 27 million journeys are expected in total. 

But Monday will be the busiest day for leisure trips with 3.4 million such journeys, as motorists head home after the long weekend. 

More than 10 million leisure journeys are expected on Britain's roads between Friday and Monday as motorists embark on a getaway for the May Day bank holiday. Pictured, traffic queues on the M25 near Dartford in Kent

More than 10 million leisure journeys are expected on Britain’s roads between Friday and Monday as motorists embark on a getaway for the May Day bank holiday. Pictured, traffic queues on the M25 near Dartford in Kent

The RAC warned drivers to expect delays on Friday as commuter traffic will share space with recreational travellers

The RAC warned drivers to expect delays on Friday as commuter traffic will share space with recreational travellers

It is also predicted that around 43,000 breakdowns will delay journeys across the Bank Holiday. 

RAC traffic spokesman Rod Dennis said: ‘With Easter just a fortnight ago, for many people the May Day bank holiday may have come as something of a pleasant surprise.

‘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.’

He advised anyone travelling a long distance to give their car ‘a quick once over’ before setting off to cut the chance of suffering a breakdown.

Commuters were already suffering on Friday evening when police were called to Victoria Station in London to investigate reports of a ‘noxious substance’ onboard an underground train.

A British Transport Police spokeswoman said: ‘We were called at 5.25pm to Highbury and Islington underground station after a member of the public reported a man carrying a container of what was believed to be petrol.

‘Officers attended and conducted a full search of the station and an underground train, which caused some minor delays to services.

‘The man has not been located at this time but we will continue working to establish the circumstances around this report.’

Rail passengers are also being urged to check for timetable changes as a number of lines will be closed for engineering work.

Commuters were already suffering on Friday evening when police were called to Victoria Station in London. Pictured, passengers trying to enter the Victoria Line at Oxford Circus 

Commuters were already suffering on Friday evening when police were called to Victoria Station in London. Pictured, passengers trying to enter the Victoria Line at Oxford Circus 

But Monday will be the busiest day for leisure trips with 3.4 million such journeys, as motorists head home after the long weekend

But Monday will be the busiest day for leisure trips with 3.4 million such journeys, as motorists head home after the long weekend

RAC traffic spokesman Rod Dennis said: 'With Easter just a fortnight ago, for many people the May Day bank holiday may have come as something of a pleasant surprise'

RAC traffic spokesman Rod Dennis said: ‘With Easter just a fortnight ago, for many people the May Day bank holiday may have come as something of a pleasant surprise’

Rail passengers are being urged to check for timetable changes as a number of lines will be closed for engineering work

Rail passengers are being urged to check for timetable changes as a number of lines will be closed for engineering work

This includes:

  • No trains between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield/Ingatestone/Billericay
  • Buses replacing trains between Carlisle and Glasgow Central/Edinburgh
  • No Southern services to or from London Bridge

A Network Rail spokeswoman said: ‘Rail staff will be working to deliver crucial upgrades to the rail network throughout the bank holiday weekend.

‘We don’t like inconveniencing people but we have to carry out this work when the railway is quietest, and we know that up to 50% fewer passengers travel by rail over bank holidays.

‘The majority of the network is unaffected.’  

London is already suffering from major congestion as seen in this traffic map from this afternoon

London is already suffering from major congestion as seen in this traffic map from this afternoon

The Met Office reported that rain will slowly move in from the southwest on Sunday, but for many it will stay dry until later

The Met Office reported that rain will slowly move in from the southwest on Sunday, but for many it will stay dry until later

This evening, there will be clear spells tonight, allowing for a patchy rural grass frost and isolated fog patches. 

A few showers are also likely, mainly in northern and western areas.

On Saturday, it will be mostly dry and bright, with the best of the sunshine in the south. The odd shower is possible in the west and it will also turn breezy in the west. 

Rain will slowly move in from the southwest on Sunday, but for many it will stay dry until later. 

Pictured, 25-year-old Ebti Mukhtar, from Blackpool, enjoys the weather earlier today on St Anne's Beach, Lancashire 

Pictured, 25-year-old Ebti Mukhtar, from Blackpool, enjoys the weather earlier today on St Anne’s Beach, Lancashire 

This evening, there will be clear spells tonight, allowing for a patchy rural grass frost and isolated fog patches

This evening, there will be clear spells tonight, allowing for a patchy rural grass frost and isolated fog patches

On Saturday, it will be mostly dry and bright, with the best of the sunshine in the south. The odd shower is possible in the west and it will also turn breezy in the west

On Saturday, it will be mostly dry and bright, with the best of the sunshine in the south. The odd shower is possible in the west and it will also turn breezy in the west

Pictured, Cookie the cockapoo dog plays in a forest of bluebells near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire earlier today 

Pictured, Cookie the cockapoo dog plays in a forest of bluebells near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire earlier today 






Courtesy: Daily Mail Online

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