22m set to make bank holiday journeys on British roads

This May Bank Holiday weekend is set to be one of the busiest of the year, as more than 22m trips will be taken.

Following a survey from the RAC, it represents the most number of predicted journeys since the firm started asking drivers about their bank holiday plans – and means 8 million more journeys will be undertaken than the same time last year.

The peak of journeys is set to be on Saturday, with 6.6 million trips expected according to the 1,709 UK drivers asked by the RAC. It is likely that the roads will be busiest between 10am and 3pm, so setting off earlier is better to reduce disruption.

Highways England said that it has removed as much as 97% of roadworks on motorways and main A-roads to help ease congestion – equating to more than 700 miles being cleared.

The forecast for this weekend is set to be dry and bright at first, before getting a bit cooler on Monday – and many holiday goers are set to take advantage of the warm weather by using roads heading to the coast and national parks around the country.

Met Office deputy chief meteorologist Chris Bulmer said: “At the moment Saturday looks to be one of the better days of the weekend with the promise of sunshine for most, whereas Sunday will be cloudier with outbreaks of rain moving in from the west.“By Monday this rain and cloud should clear with a return to sunny spells and the odd shower in places, feeling cooler across the country in the fresh westerly breeze.”

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