AA issues traffic warning for bank holiday weekend as 15 million trips expected | Truck transport

An orange traffic warning has been issued for this weekend, when around 15 million leisure trips are scheduled for the public holidays.

The AA issued the alert, which is only the second such warning issued by the auto association, as it expects 45 per cent of UK drivers to undertake at least one journey without a journey between Friday and Monday.

Families returning from summer holidays before the start of the school year will compete for road space alongside festival-goers and day trippers.

Events taking place this weekend include Reading and Leeds Festivals, CarFest South in Hampshire, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Closing Weekend, a full football match schedule and a Test Match England v South Africa cricket match in Manchester.

The AA expects leisure traffic to peak Saturday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Planned traffic hotspots include the M4/M5 interchange near Bristol; the M1 between the M25 and Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire; the M6/M42 interchange in Birmingham; and the M62 between Liverpool and Manchester.

Monday is a bank holiday across the UK, except Scotland, and is the last bank holiday of the summer.

Sean Sidley, who was named AA Patrol of the Year, said: ‘This year we expect up to 15 million trips to be made during the August Bank Holiday as families make the most of the time hot and have one last hurrah before the new school year.

“With events and festivals fully back to normal, localized congestion will peak at closing time around major venues, but the rest of the UK could see peak journeys throughout Saturday.

“Traffic is likely to build up from Monday afternoon through Tuesday, so allow plenty of time if traveling at that time.

“Routes to and from resorts and beauty spots will be among the busiest, so drivers should plan their journey in advance and check their car before setting off.”

Rail services on some routes will be interrupted this weekend due to engineering work.

Network Rail said upgrades worth £90million will be made, but stressed that 95% of lines will remain open.

A reduced timetable will be in place between Northampton/Milton Keynes and London Euston due to HS2 works between Saturday and Monday.

Plans to rebuild the junctions mean there will be no trains to London Charing Cross or Cannon Street stations on Saturday or Sunday, with a limited service from Hastings/Tonbridge to London Bridge on both days.

London Bridge and Cannon Street will fully reopen on Monday, while Charing Cross will remain closed until the following day.

Services between London Waterloo and Reading will be altered and diverted over the three-day weekend due to re-signalling works.

No Great Northern or Thameslink trains will run between Finsbury Park and Stevenage via Welwyn Garden City on Sunday, and Grand Central trains will be diverted with extended journey times.

The disruption will be another blow to passengers who have been repeatedly hit by rail strikes in recent weeks.

Network Rail chief executive Andrew Haines said: ‘I am happy to say that the vast majority of the railway will be open for business as usual this bank holiday, so passengers can rely on us to get them there. where they need to go. because they make the most of their summers.

“Our teams will be carrying out upgrade work to improve future passenger journeys, so we ask people to check before they travel and ensure their itinerary is not affected.”

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