Bank Holiday Traffic Warning: Check Before You Travel

This Bank Holiday weekend is expected to be one of the busiest of the year on the roads, due to Bank Holiday traffic.

A report has found that the number of Britons going on a UK trip during the Bank Holiday weekend has risen by more than a third, compared with 2016.

As it’s the last chance for many to have a break before Christmas, some 6.9 million adults are expected to get away this weekend up from 5.1 million in 2016. The report was compiled by tourism body VisitEngland; based on a poll of 1,243 adults.

It is also thought that the current poor euro exchange rate is making people rethink their breaks and stay domestic as oppose to going aboard.

It’s not all doom and gloom, as it’s expected that this weekend is forecasted to be worth £1.7 billion to the UK economy.

VisitEngland director Patricia Yates said:

"Record numbers of Brits have been taking holidays at home and it is great to see so many of us are planning a trip this long weekend, getting out and exploring the outstanding destinations and quality attractions right here on our doorstep whether on a seaside, countryside or a city-break."

"The certainty of budgeting for a holiday at home, the ease and convenience are all contributing to people choosing to take more domestic trips, boosting economic growth and spreading the benefits of tourism across Britain."

Motorists are being advised to avoid traveling during peak periods as traffic is expected to rise by a fifth compared with last year's summer bank holiday.

Some five million motorists are expected to embark on leisure journeys on Monday; up by nearly one million on the 2016 figure.

The RAC recommended that drivers wanting to beat the queues this weekend should avoid Friday afternoon and evening, and set off early if travelling on Monday.

It’s not just the roads that are going to be affected, with the Eurostar also set for a bumper weekend, with more than 142,000 passengers expected to travel with the high-speed rail operator between Thursday and Monday, up 8% on last year's August bank holiday.

Freightlink is advising all drivers to ‘check before you travel’. If you do run into any difficulties, our customer service team is on hand to help you should you have any questions or need to check for alternative routes.

Bank Holiday Weekend (As usual) Opening Times:

  • Friday 25th August - 7am-11pm
  • Saturday 26th August - 7am-11pm
  • Sunday 27th August – 8am-11pm
  • Monday 28th August – 7am-11pm

You can also follow Freightlink on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for all the latest updates.

Finally, remember to travel safe this weekend.

24 August 2017

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