Could This Bank Holiday Be The Busiest Ever On The Roads?

Wed 26th Aug 2020

Motoring organisations are warning the nation’s drivers to expect major congestion on the UK road network this Bank Holiday as staycationers make one last mad dash to the British hotspots.

In what is predicted to be the busiest weekend of the year, there could be up to 18 million cars on the roads, 1.8m more than the same weekend in 2019.

While some traditional Bank Holiday events have been cancelled, that won’t stop millions of drivers heading to the coast for one last holiday before schools reopen, and the RAC is warning that some areas will be ‘bumper to bumper’. On Friday alone there will be 5.6m seperate trips planned with the M5 between Bristol and Taunton expected to be one of the major hotspots, with many drivers heading for Cornwall. Other holiday spots with major traffic congestion include the M55 to Blackpool, the A14 taking people to the east coast from the Midlands and the A590/A591 taking drivers to the Lake District.

RAC Breakdown spokesperson Rod Dennis said: “It's been anything but a normal summer for so many reasons, but our research indicates that millions of us are still desperate to eke out the last of the summer and enjoy time away, whether that's a day trip to see friends or family or a long weekend in a caravan or camping. 

“In fact, it may even turn out to be busier on the roads than last year with many more people returning home this weekend after a staycation.

“Both official Government statistics and our own data from insurance customers show that weekend traffic is now back to pre-lockdown levels. 

“The numbers of people breaking down are also around where we would expect them to be for late August. 

“It's clear therefore that despite the pandemic, the car has been a vital part of making sure many people have been able to enjoy the summer safely.

“Key to getting as much out of the bank holiday weekend as possible will be drivers arriving at their destinations when they plan to. 

“While some queues on popular stretches of road, especially to tourist hotspots, will likely lead to some delays a breakdown has the potential to cause far more problems for people.”