Nine million cars set to pack UK roads for end of term getaway

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Nearly nine million cars will pack roads this weekend for one of the busiest summer holiday getaways ever.

Following the end of school term, 8.7m cars are expected to hit the roads from Friday through to Sunday. 

The peak of the weekend’s travel will be on Saturday with 3.4m groups of people in vehicles making a dash for it, according to the RAC.

The RAC predicts that Friday will see 2.5m cars vying for road space with commuters, while Sunday will see about 2.8m en route to holiday destinations or making the most of the July weekend.

A survey of more than 3,100 motorists in the UK predicts there will be up to 36.5m leisure journeys from Friday, July 21 to Sunday, August 6.

Traffic hotspots in the South

  •  A30 and A38 Exeter to Cornwall 
  • M25 between Gatwick and M1
  •  A23/M23 to Brighton 
  • A34 and M3 south and south west to the south coast

RAC traffic spokesman Rod Dennis said: “This weekend will bring unwelcome customary chaos to Britain’s major roads as people flock to take advantage of the first week or two of the summer holidays on home soil. 

“While not as busy as Easter which is typically the pinnacle of leisure traffic due to it being the first break for several months, the Great British summer holiday getaway begins with an initial rush for the roads this weekend as that’s when the majority of schools break up. 

“But, unlike any other time of year, the country’s major tourist routes will remain steadily busy through the rest of the six weeks, never more so than at the weekend with traffic toing and fro-ing from major holiday locations.”

Long tailbacks are expected with the RAC warning motorists to try to travel early in the morning or late in the evening if they want to avoid travel chaos.

The busiest times to travel are expected to be between 1pm and 8pm on Friday and between 11am and 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.

The M25 between Gatwick and the M1 is expected to be really busy. Long tailbacks are expected in the South West on the M5, which is the main conduit to the beaches of Devon and Cornwall.

The A23 and M23 towards Brighton is also expected to be busy.

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