Bank Holiday travellers warned to brace for traffic congestion as late …

Traffic congestion is expected to hit the country towards the end of this week as the Bank Discount Holidays © Holiday getaway begins. Experts have warned that traffic congestion around Heathrow and Gatwick Airports is set to reach a summer peak this week with the AA expecting the number of delays in the run-up to the August bank Discount Holidays © holiday weekend to be 35% more than the worst periods during the rest of summer. Transport information supplier Inrix recorded around 280 congestion incidents on stretches of the M4, M25 and A3113 leading to Heathrow in the week before last year s August bank holiday, compared with around 210 during the week of July 18 when many schools broke up.

The number of hold-ups on the main roads feeding into Gatwick also rose over the same period, from 95 to 130. Holidaymakers driving to Heathrow are twice as likely to run into a traffic jam near the airport than those heading to Gatwick, the AA has said.

Flights and rail plans

AA president Edmund King said: There is a clear warning to drivers heading to Gatwick or Heathrow for a last hurrah summer Discount Holidays © holiday or a long bank Discount Holidays © holiday weekend abroad.

They need to build extra time into their journeys to the airport and check traffic conditions before they leave.

There is nothing worse than sitting in a traffic jam within sight of the airport, watching the minutes until departure tick away. At the start of the school holidays Cardiff Airport1 said it expected around 250,000 passengers to be flying to sunnier climes throughout the six-week break an increase of 25% versus the summer Discount Holidays © holiday season in 2015.

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The airport recently reported its 14th consecutive month of passenger growth2 with the rolling total of passengers flying from Cardiff now standing at 1,326,923 representing a 29% lift in passenger numbers over the last 12 months (July 2015-July 2016). Rail passengers have also been advised to check before they travel3 over the upcoming Bank Discount Holidays © Holiday weekend. A new signalling system in the Bristol area and extensive work will require a temporary closure of the lines in both directions between Bristol Parkway and Swindon, Newport4, Bristol Temple Meads, Gloucester and Severn Beach.

This will lead to trains being diverted and in some cases replacement bus services will be in operation.

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It is part of Network Rail’s5 plans to upgrade equipment from the 1960s and 1970s and they say it will pave the way for smoother journeys and fewer delays for passengers. The essential works will also get the Great Western Main Line ready for the arrival of electrification and the new fleet of longer, faster, quieter and greener electric trains. Further travel information can be found by visiting Great Western Railway s website.

Alternatively, National Rail Enquiries also has up-to-date travel advice on their website.

References

  1. ^ Cardiff Airport (www.walesonline.co.uk)
  2. ^ 14th consecutive month of passenger growth (www.walesonline.co.uk)
  3. ^ advised to check before they travel (www.walesonline.co.uk)
  4. ^ Newport (www.walesonline.co.uk)
  5. ^ Network Rail’s (www.walesonline.co.uk)

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