Short weekend breaks: When is the best time to travel and on which routes are there traffic jams?

Short weekend breaks: When is the best time to travel and on which routes are there traffic jams?

July 23, 2022, 7:46 am | Updated: 23 Jul 2022 08:32

Drivers should expect huge queues this weekend

Drivers should expect huge queues this weekend.

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Millions of journeys are made by motorists at the weekend as most schools in England and Wales close for the summer holidays.

Drivers await traffic jams while families race across the country for a much-needed getaway.

Major disruption erupted in Dover on Friday when British officials blamed France for the queues, which the French turned back.

But there are more places than Dover that could experience traffic jams on Saturday and Sunday.

Where will the worst travel destinations be?

The RAC automotive group has predicted the hardest-hit routes for Saturday and Sunday.

These are:

Saturday

A303 west of Stonehenge: 27 minutes late morning.

M25 clockwise J7 for the M23 to J16 for the M40: 52 minutes late at noon.

The RAC has announced which routes it believes will experience heavy traffic jams

The RAC has announced which routes it believes will experience heavy traffic jams.

Image: Inrix/RAC


M5 South J15 Almondsbury Interchange to J23 for A38 Bridgewater: 47 minutes late around noon.

M25 counterclockwise J17 Maple Cross to J12 for the M3: 36 minutes late around noon.

Sunday

M25 clockwise J7 for M23 to J16 for M40: 45 minutes late around noon.

Continue reading: More traffic jams are expected on Saturday after six-hour queues snaked into Dover on Friday

M25 anti-clockwise J4 Bromley to Dartford Crossing: 31 minutes late in the afternoon.

M25 counter-clockwise J17 Maple Cross to J12 for the M3: 26 minutes late in the afternoon.

What times should I travel to avoid queues?

Whilst different routes get busier at different times as above, the RAC has set best travel times as a general rule for the weekend.

It is recommended to take your trips before 9am and after 4pm to get the best travel times.

The worst travel time is between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

On Sunday, it is best to travel before 10am and after 8pm, worst between 11am and 6pm.

Why will the traffic be so bad?

With most schools in England and Wales disbanding, millions of trips are expected to be made this weekend.

Including trips estimated for Friday, 18 million leisure trips are expected to be made by Monday.

Almost 5m will be done on Saturday and again on Sunday.

RAC research is proposing a third year for a major UK staycation this summer, starting with the Covid pandemic making it more difficult or impossible to travel abroad.

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