This Easter break is set to be “one of the busiest on the roads for several years” say the AA.
Around ten million cars are set to take to the roads with a further eight million on the move over the royal wedding weekend, according to AA Roadwatch and traffic information company Trafficmaster.
The survey of around 13,000 AA members showed that 85 per cent were planning to stay in the UK over the Easter and royal wedding bank holiday periods. A third are planning to make car trips over Easter with those in Northern Ireland the most likely to take to the road. The research showed that while the Scots are the likeliest to stay at home.
“Our research shows that Easter will be the busier of the two bank holiday weekends and as the schools are still out we expect congestion to peak on Maundy Thursday, April 21,” said AA patrolman Paul Leather.
The main getaway is expected to start in earnest this weekend as people will only have to take four days off to get an extended break. Friday is expected to see a busier evening rush hour as people head off early, with traffic remaining heavy over the weekend especially in London and south-east England.
“People need to plan their journeys before setting off. Allow plenty of time for your journey particularly if you’re heading for a popular resort or travelling at peak times,” said RAC patrol ambassador Kevin Andrews.