Summer holiday travel set to cause chaos on the roads on 'Frantic Friday'

Mail Online | 7/18/2019 | Tim Stickings For Mailonline
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Drivers are bracing for 'Frantic Friday' tomorrow as 13million cars take to Britain's roads for the start of the summer holidays this weekend.

Queues of up to 90 minutes are expected on motorways with more than 5million getaways expected on Friday alone as schools break up for the summer.

London - Peak - Traffic - M25 - Friday

In London, peak traffic on the M25 is expected at 4.30pm on Friday between junctions 7 and 16, with delays of more than 40 minutes.

On the M1, heavy traffic is expected in south-east England as early as 7.45am when delays could be at their worst.

RAC - Bottlenecks - M5 - Friday - Queues

The RAC also expects bottlenecks on the M5 on Friday, with queues of more than half an hour in the early afternoon.

Any collisions or breakdowns could make the traffic jams even worse, with drivers urged to check their cars before they set out.

Met - Office - 'wet - Weather - UK

The Met Office is forecasting 'wet and windy weather' for some of the UK on Friday as conditions become 'increasingly unsettled'.

The predicted 13million trips this weekend would be a 44 per cent increase on last year and the busiest summer getaway since 2014.

Day - Week - Congestion - Friday - School

The worst day of the week for congestion is expected on 'frantic Friday' when many school terms end.

Some 5.3million drivers embarking on day trips or longer breaks will battle for road space with regular commuters.

RAC - Leisure - Trips - Saturday - Sunday

The RAC expects 5million leisure trips on Saturday and another 3.4million on Sunday.

Ben Aldous of the RAC said: 'Traffic jams are pretty much guaranteed from the end of this weekend and while it's possible to predict where some of these will be, every summer we see extra delays...
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