August Bank Holiday travel update

More than 13 million drivers on bank holiday leisure journeys

More than 13 million drivers on bank holiday leisure journeys

More than 13 million drivers on bank holiday leisure journeys

The Great British bank holiday getaway will start in earnest from lunchtime on Friday (28 August) as people take advantage of the final weekend of summer, says the AA and traffic data specialist INRIX.

A recent AA-Populus survey of 12,301 AA members found that 39% are likely to be on the road, either returning from holiday or on an outing.  The average trip will be around 90 miles – which equates to more than 13 million drivers on leisure journeys this weekend.

  • More than 13 million drivers on bank holiday leisure journeys
  • 39% of AA members likely to drive, particularly East Midlands (43%) and North-east England (42%)
  • Worst traffic congestion Friday evening (28 August) building from lunchtime on holiday routes
  • Packed weekend of music, sport and other leisure events
  • Unlimited call-outs with AA breakdown cover to help keep drivers on the move

Regional

Drivers in East Midlands (43%) are most likely to be packing the car, followed by those in North-east England (42%), West Midlands (41%) and South-east England (41%). More than half (57%) of respondents said they will be staying at home.

Out and about

Also influencing traffic volumes will be a diverse range of events.

Highlights include several music festivals – Reading and Leeds; Creamfields, Cheshire; Towersey Festival, Oxfordshire; Greenbelt, Northamptonshire; CarFest South, Hampshire; Watchet Music Festival, Somerset; and South West Four, London – and the Notting Hill Carnival, London, among many others.

Sports fans are well catered for too with rugby league’s The Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final at Wembley, MotoGP at Silverstone plus a full football fixture list.

August is a full-on bank holiday weekend, so it’s always a bit of a mad scramble on the roads

Max Holdstock, AA patrol of the year

Mad scramble on the roads

Max Holdstock, AA patrol of the year, says: “August is a full-on bank holiday weekend, so it’s always a bit of a mad scramble on the roads. The busiest times will be Friday evening and Monday afternoon, so try to allow extra time if you’re travelling then. Routes to the South-west and the coast are usually among the busiest; and there will be localised congestion around events, particularly at finish time.

“If you’re travelling with children, take plenty of things to keep them entertained; and break up any journey more than three hours long.”

AA breakdown cover now comes with unlimited call-outs for additional peace of mind

Max Holdstock, AA patrol of the year

Keeping you on the move

Last year, the AA attended around 35,000 breakdowns over the August bank holiday. The UK’s biggest breakdown provider will have extra patrols on duty and has temporarily relocated some to South-west England.

Max Holdstock says: “Whether you’re heading off on holiday or taking a last-minute day trip, take a few minutes to do the basic checks on your car.

“While breaking down is never good, we are here to help. AA breakdown cover now comes with unlimited call-outs for additional peace of mind and helpful extras, such as free fuel to get you to a filling station if you've run out and up to a fiver’s worth of free parts for roadside repairs.”

Research results

AA-Populus research summary – August bank holiday 2015

  • Up to 39% of respondents (slightly down from 40% last August) are likely to drive somewhere over the August bank holiday weekend: 18% already plan to drive somewhere; and 21% are unsure but, if they go somewhere, they will probably drive
  • Drivers in East Midlands (43%), North-east England (42%), West Midlands (41%) and South-east England (41%) are most likely to be hitting the road
  • 57% of respondents will not travel this bank holiday; and 5% are going away but not by car
  • Excluding Scotland, where it’s not a bank holiday, people in South-west England (59%), Wales (58%) and North-west England (57%) are most likely to stay at home

The distance that AA members intending to travel expect to drive is quite evenly distributed across the four days from Friday, 28 August, to Monday, 31 August. It averages out at:

  • Friday, 28 August (87 miles)
  • Saturday, 29 August (89 miles)
  • Sunday, 30 August (87 miles)
  • Monday, 31 August (93 miles)

(26 August 2015)

 

* Source: Populus interviewed 17,600 adults aged 18+ on The AA-Populus online panel between 13-18 August 2014. Populus www.populus.co.uk is a founder member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.