Traffic chaos expected over Easter

Traffic chaos expected over Easter 11th April 2014

This Easter break is set to be one of the busiest ever for the UK's roads with today (April 11th) expected to make for one of the worst days in years.

As a result of the good weather the country has experienced and schoolchildren taking their Easter holidays, it is expected that millions of drivers will take to the roads to go on a trip away.

According to a poll conducted by the AA, approximately half of its members said that they were planning to drive over the weekend. That means that 16 million cars could be on the roads. Half of these said that they intend to visit friends or relatives, while one third said they are going to drive to the countryside.

Over the course of the day, the RAC said that as many as 100 million journeys could be made due to the fact that the start of the holiday will add to usual Friday traffic. Typically the volume of cars on this day is 10 per cent higher than that of an ordinary weekday.

Trafficmaster also says that next Thursday (April 17th) will see a peak in the amount of vehicles on the roads, ahead of the four-day Easter weekend. While Easter Sunday will be quiet, the following Monday will see a high influx of traffic heading home ahead of the first day of the new school term.

The company has compiled a list of some of the roads that are expected to be the worst hit by holiday traffic. These include the A303 heading from Hampshire through Wiltshire and on to Somerset, the M6 between the West Midlands and Lancashire in both directions and all sections of the the M25 but especially close to Heathrow airport and at interchanges between the M4 and M40.

The Freight Transport Association is concerned about how the traffic could affect logistics transport and is encouraging fleet drivers to download its app to stay informed of any hold-ups on the roads.

Posted by Danielle Barge