Motorists have been told to expect a “substantial” wave of congestion from this weekend, and in the run up to Easter.

Most schools are breaking up for the Easter holiday this Friday and between then and the end of the weekend, the RAC is predicting that 14m leisure trips will take place.

Friday is expected to be the worst day of the weekend for traffic, with 5.3m leisure journeys set to take place alongside commuters and commercial traffic. This will be followed by 5m and 4m trips on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

The weather isn’t set to help the conditions on the roads, either, with the possibility of snow in certain areas, although warmer conditions are set to resume next week.

The motoring organisation is also warning of a “double wave” of traffic chaos as a second bout of bad traffic is expected a fortnight later for the Easter weekend.

RAC traffic spokesperson Rod Dennis said: “With the Easter bank holiday falling so late this year we are expecting to see a double wave of getaway traffic — firstly at the end of this week, and then again two weeks later for the four-day weekend.

“We’re hopeful the weather won’t cause drivers too many issues through this coming weekend, but everyone should be ready for some typical short, sharp April showers, with even the possibility of some snow on higher ground in the north.”

The RAC is advising that drivers carry out a few essential checks on their vehicles before travelling, such as checking oil, washer fluid and coolant levels, and to also check tyre tread depths and pressures before setting off.

Ted Welford


April 5, 2019