Over 14 million cars expected to be on the roads this Bank Holiday weekend warns the RAC


According to a survey carried out by the RAC, together with the global transport analytics company INRIX, around 11.2 million people in the UK have a car journey planned for the coming weekend.

The survey quizzed motorists about their travel intentions this coming Bank Holiday weekend and also found that a further 3.2 million said they would be on the roads but as yet didn’t know exactly what day they would be travelling on.

The busiest days this coming August Bank Holiday weekend will be Friday and Saturday, as the survey suggests 3.6 million people in the UK will be travelling on both days, whilst a further 3.2 million are likely to be travelling on Thursday.

Traffic warning issued to motorists ahead of August Bank Holiday

Over 14 million cars expected to be on the roads this Bank Holiday weekend warns the RAC © Copyright Andrew Smith and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.


On Bank Holiday Monday, it’s expected that 2.4 million people will jump into their cars, whereas Sunday should be the quietest day over the weekend, however 1.6 million are still expected to make a journey.

Traffic jams could be a big problem this weekend at the notorious West Country interchange, where two busy motorways come together, so be prepared for long queues if you’re heading this way.

According to data, the M5 between Junctions 4 (Stourbridge) and 1 (Birmingham) could be busy on Friday from 09:30am to 2pm, with travel times rising to 1hr 21 mins instead of the usual 21 minutes, whilst on Saturday anyone travelling on the M1 between Junctions 22 and 25 should expect it to take 62 minutes instead of 16 minutes.

Highways England are lifting as well as completing over 300 miles of roadworks on UK motorways and major ‘A’ roads as of early Friday morning, in the hope this will help motorists to get to where they’re going much quicker over the Bank Holiday weekend.

“While the late August bank holiday is not typically one of the busiest on the roads due to it falling in the middle of the school holidays when people are already away, either in the UK or abroad, it still has huge potential to bring gridlock to major roads, especially if we were to see the sun make a welcome comeback,” said RAC traffic spokesman Rod Dennis.

Good news for those travelling over the coming weekend is that the weather is supposedly to remain at around 17C for the three days, with rain expected in some parts of the country on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

“The best general advice to anyone driving to spend some time away from home this weekend is to travel as early or as late in the day as possible in an effort to avoid the worst of the traffic,” said INRIX data scientist Josh Kidd.

Melanie Clarke, Highways England’s customer service director, said: “We’re doing everything we can to make journeys as smooth as possible for this August getaway and that’s why we’re keeping more than 97% of the road network we manage, free from roadworks.”


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