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Sunnier weather could bring record-level delays for bank holiday traffic

Record-level delays could be on the cards for major routes in the UK this bank holiday weekend as improving weather sees more drivers take to the roads.

Research carried out by RAC and Inrix has found that drivers are planning to make more than 16.5m leisure journeys this weekend – but with the forecast indicating a return to sunny weather in much of the UK, last-minute trips could push the total much higher.

Some of the worst major roads for delays – according to Inrix data – will include the M25 anticlockwise (between J1 and J4) and the M6 north (between J18 and J24) on Friday, and the M6 south (between J27 and J13) on Monday, with delays of up to an hour on each of these stretches.

“Bank holidays have historically been one of the busiest times for road trips, and this year drivers could even see record-level travel delays,” says Trevor Reed, transportation analyst at Inrix. “Knowing when and where congestion will build can help drivers avoid the stress of sitting in traffic.”

Highways England is playing its role in alleviating bank holiday traffic jams by keeping 97% of the road network it manages free from roadworks. However, it’s joined RAC in urging motorists to carry out simple vehicle checks before setting off; a move that could avoid almost half of breakdowns occurring.

Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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