Motorists warned of '˜frantic Friday' as millions to embark on summer getaways

ROADS, airports and ports will be exceptionally busy this weekend as millions of people embark on a summer getaway.

Friday, 20th July 2018, 11:37 am
Updated Friday, 20th July 2018, 12:38 pm
Traffic at a standstill trying to get into Portsmouth, from the M275 flyover at Rudmore and Mile End Road. Picture: Michael Scaddan. PPP-171017-113923001

Motorists are being warned to expect a ‘frantic Friday’ with an estimated 3.8 million leisure trips taking place following the end of term at the majority of schools in England and Wales.

Transport data firm Inrix warned that some routes, particularly those popular with holidaymakers, will experience lengthy delays compared with a normal Friday.

More than nine million people are expected to embark on getaway trips by car between Friday and Sunday, the RAC said.

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The AA has urged drivers to carry out maintenance checks on their vehicles and take basic supplies, with high temperatures putting extra strain on cooling systems and tyres.

Westbound journeys on the A303 between the M3 in Hampshire and A37 in Somerset could take an extra hour.

The organisation’s president, Edmund King, said: ‘If your car breaks down your air conditioning might not work either, so make sure you have plenty of drinking water in the car, especially if you have young or elderly family members with you.’

Some 2.5 million British holidaymakers will head overseas this weekend with Mediterranean hotspots proving popular, travel trade organisation Abta reported.

Airports in the south east are expecting a busy weekend with over half a million passengers departing from Heathrow, 250,000 from Gatwick, 148,000 from Stansted and 88,000 from Luton.

Elsewhere, there will be 160,000 people flying from Manchester and 67,500 from Birmingham.

Although the Scottish schools are well into their summer holidays, close to 200,000 people will be leaving from Scottish airports this weekend with 104,000 from Glasgow and 70,000 from Edinburgh.