BRITS have been warned of traffic chaos across the country as 20 million journeys are made during the Queen’s Jubilee weekend.
Anyone setting out on a late spring excursion between Wednesday and Saturday is likely to encounter misery on the freeways and federal highways.
Those driving away on Friday are likely to face the worst, the RAC predicts.
Day-trippers wanting to avoid the biggest queues are being asked to leave either before 6am or after 3pm, says traffic information provider Inrix.
Interchanges include the M25 going anti-clockwise from Junction 17 at Maple Cross Interchange, Hertfordshire to Junction 12 at Thorpe Interchange, Surrey.
The A303, which passes Stonehenge, Wiltshire – a popular route for holidaymakers traveling south-west – will also be badly affected.
RAC Traffic Spokesman Rod Dennis said: “Drivers clearly see a double bank holiday so close to summer as a gift with millions of people looking to make the most of it.
“However, many seem keen to keep their car journeys short and perhaps mix in a day trip or two with an anniversary celebration at home.
“The fact that in many places the bank holidays coincide with the end of the semester break can put additional strain on the road network, so it’s important to plan a trip carefully to avoid the worst of queues.”
He asked drivers to carry out the most important checks on their vehicles before they set off, e.g. B. Ensuring that oil, coolant and washer fluid levels are correct and that tires are properly inflated and free of damage.
“A little TLC now could mean the difference between a one-way trip and a broken-down one,” he added.
UK airports will also be busy with more than 10,000 flights between Thursday and Sunday, according to aeronautical data company Cirium.
That’s a triple increase from the same period last year, when coronavirus travel restrictions remained in place in the UK.
Thousands of families have seen their half-term holidays disrupted as easyJet canceled more than 200 flights to or from Gatwick over a 10-day period.
Smoking travelers were forced to sleep on airport floors amid the chaos. Nicola Caine, from Cheshire, said her family had been treated like “animals” by Easyjet after two flights to Tenerife were cancelled.
Tui has also canceled a number of flights.
Network Rail typically conducts major engineering work during the holiday season, but almost all mainlines remain open during the anniversary celebrations.
Chief Executive Andrew Haines said: “We are delighted to announce that all routes to major London stations will be open during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend.
“We know demand will be high as people travel to the capital to celebrate this special occasion and our station staff will be on hand to welcome passengers and assist them with their travels.
“Of course, we are still carrying out hundreds of important railway modernization projects, but most of them will have no impact on passenger or freight transport.
The fact that the public holidays in many places coincide with the end of the semester break can put additional strain on the road network
“As always, I want to thank the countless railroad workers who are delivering upgrades or working hard to keep passengers running.”
However, a strike is looming on the subway as millions of commuters return to offices after the break.
Hardline union RMT says workers will leave on Monday June 6 – and this morning its leader Mick Lynch was telling Sky’s Sophy Ridge Brits who may face a summer of discontent at the hands of the strikers.
When asked by Ms Ridge if the strikes could last “days or weeks”, he replied: “We will decide that over time.
“We want strikes to be effective.”
And he promised to keep going, even if it meant cutting off Britain’s electricity supply.
“I can’t determine results or side effects,” he warned.
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