Traffic builds up connected the M3 southbound heading towards the coast, astatine Winchester, successful Hampshire, UK, connected May 28, 2021. (Steve Parsons/PA)
The accomplishment of half-term successful England and Wales is expected to pb to an “autumn rush” connected the roads successful the coming days.
An estimated 19.4 cardinal abstracted leisure trips by car volition instrumentality spot successful the UK betwixt Friday and Sunday, according to the RAC.
A survey of 1,400 drivers indicated that Saturday volition beryllium the astir fashionable time with 5.6 cardinal journeys, followed by Sunday (4.6 million) and Friday (4.3 million).
An further 4.9 cardinal alleged getaway journeys are planned to instrumentality spot crossed 1 of the 3 days.
Friday is the last time schools are unfastened earlier the half-term interruption successful galore parts of England and Wales.
Devon and Yorkshire are the astir fashionable destinations, followed by Norfolk oregon Suffolk, Dorset, Blackpool, and the Lancashire coast, and Cornwall.
The canvass suggested that the COVID-19 pandemic is not putting drivers disconnected making leisure trips arsenic overmuch arsenic it did earlier successful the year.
Just 6 percent of respondents questioned earlier this period listed the microorganism arsenic the crushed for not going distant this half-term, compared with 10 percent successful narration to the August slope vacation play and 18 percent up of the May Day slope holiday.
RAC Breakdown spokesperson Rod Dennis said: “Summer mightiness beryllium agelong gone but these figures suggest determination mightiness inactive beryllium thing of an autumn unreserved connected the roads successful the coming days arsenic millions of drivers look to get distant for the half-term holidays.
By Neil Lancefield