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BANK HOLIDAY ‘CARMAGEDDON’

Traffic is expected to be twice as bad this weekend as Brits make a last-minute dash to get away for the long weekend

MOTORISTS hoping to get away for the weekend are facing the worst bank Discount Holidays © holiday traffic in a DECADE as warm weather, rail delays and a last-minute Discount Holidays © holiday rush are set to spark travel chaos. Experts say twice as many vehicles as a normal weekend are set to hit the road between Friday and Monday prompting possible tailbacks of up to two hours on busy roads.

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Traffic is expected to be twice as bad as normal this weekend as Brits flock away for the long weekend

The southeast is expected to be hit with the warmest weather, as temperatures soar to 29C this week. It is thought the M25, M27, M5 and M6 will be the busiest motorways despite highway chiefs preparing to temporarily lift or complete more than 370 miles of roadworks by the end of the week.

These emergency measures are not thought to be enough to prevent gridlock in the busiest areas.

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Rail delays and warm weather are set to add to the traffic woes for those getting away for the weekend

Traffic is also expected to be particularly bad around busy airports, with large numbers of families taking last-minute summer holidays before the kids head back to school next week. Almost 248,000 people are expected to fly out of Heathrow on Friday 25 per cent up on the transport hub s daily average. Manchester is also preparing for the busiest 24 hours of the year, with 103,000 people expected to pass through.

Congestion will not be helped by national rail delays and disruptions across the country. It comes as Network Rail prepares to shut down large swathes of the rail network as they carry out 940 engineering projects as part of a 30 million upgrade.

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Great Western services around Bristol will be disrupted as the Severn Tunnel launches a six-week shutdown. The service runs between south Wales and London Paddington.

South West Trains, Greater Anglia, Virgin Trains west coast, London Midland, Southeastern and Great Northern are also expected to be struck by problems. Inrix, which supplies traffic data, said drivers could face the worst bank Discount Holidays © holiday congestion in a decade . Greg Hallsworth, UK traffic analyst, told The Times1: A perfect storm of conditions will lead to increased traffic as carmaggedon blights the long weekend.

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With some good weather forecast and potential rail disruption, holidaymakers could find roads gridlocked far more than usual.

We could see delays of more than 120 minutes for some of the worst-affected roads this weekend.
Tailbacks of up to 90 minutes are expected between junctions 9 and 21 of the M25 causing problems for commuters trying to get to Heathrow, Gatwick and the West country.

Holidaymakers heading to Devon and Cornwall are also expected to be hit with issues on the M5 southbound past Bristol.


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Parents who took term-time holiday have fine overturned

Couple argued taking their young sons out of school was worth it for the broader educational value

A COUPLE who could not afford a peak season Discount Holidays © holiday have won their battle against their sons school fine. Hannah Manchester and Neil Hynes were charged 240 after travelling to Spain with their children1 but had it overturned after arguing the trip was worth it for the broader educational value .

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Hannah Manchester and Neil Hynes with their sons Issak and Liam who they took on Discount Holidays © holiday to Spain during term time and faced a fine Parents Who Took Term-time <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Have Fine Overturned

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Mum Hannah argued that the kids would learn important lessons and gain valuable experiences from this trip

Hannah and Neil took Isaak, 10, and Liam, six, out of school a few days2 before the end of term as it was an affordable time to book a holiday. Psychiatric nurse Hannah 38, told teachers3 about the family Discount Holidays © holiday hoping they would take their outstanding attendance record into account, the Manchester Evening News4 reports.

She said: We don t take the boys out of school for just any old reason, but we re very confident that the outstanding attendance of both our boys, and the broader educational value of our planned trip meant it was acceptable on this occasion.

Neil and I agreed that the kids would learn important lessons and gain valuable experiences from this trip which we felt would compensate for a very short absence from school.

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Hannah added: The trip delivered all of that including a visit to a capital city, important landmarks, art galleries and museums not to mention of course exposure to Spanish as a language which Isaak studies at school. The family, from Manchester5, travelled around Spain and visited Madrid, Granada and the Murcia area. But a month after they returned home they received a fine from the Local Education Authority after being told by the school the Discount Holidays © holiday could not be authorised.

They decided to challenge it and four days later the fine was withdrawn and replaced with a warning.

These parents beat council fine for term time Discount Holidays © holiday urges others to fight back

Now the couple are encouraging others to stand up against fines. Hannah added: I am not saying that parents should be encouraged to book holidays in term time; rather I am trying to advocate that schools take a common sense approach and consider the record and performance of the children in question before issuing fines and reporting parents to the LEA.

We should always do our best to go away during school breaks, and make sure a Discount Holidays © holiday doesn t negatively impact on our children s performance.

“But I also believe that education is many things and should be considered in the context of real life, one where we want our children to grow into balanced individuals who understand and appreciate the world around them. Solicitor Julie Robertson, of Simpson Millar in Manchester, represented Hannah and Neil and said they were absolutely right to challenge the fine.

Sun Online has contacted Manchester city council for a comment.


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  1. ^ children (www.thesun.co.uk)
  2. ^ out of school a few days (www.thesun.co.uk)
  3. ^ teachers (www.thesun.co.uk)
  4. ^ Manchester Evening News (www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk)
  5. ^ Manchester (www.thesun.co.uk)
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7 Vacation Destinations with Best Exchange Rate

The first time I visited the United Kingdom, the U.S. dollar was so much stronger than the pound that when I shopped, it felt like everything was on sale. When I returned this past year, the exchange rate had flipped, making the U.K. a less affordable place to visit. That may not be true anymore, however. After Britain voted to leave the European Union, the pound fell to its lowest valuation since 19851. Brexit has also affected the Euro. These aren t the only currencies where your dollar may buy you more these days. There are plenty of vacation destinations you can visit this summer, where the exchange rate is great. Thanks to data from TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals2, here are seven destinations where American vacationers can enjoy the best exchange rate this summer. (TripAdvisor is the company I rely on to read reviews before making any hotel reservations, as I wrote about in this blog post3.)

Launch the gallery to learn about these destinations, plus how the exchange rate, at press time, was in the dollar s favor.

Remember: exchange rates change daily so your mileage may vary.

References

  1. ^ After Britain voted to leave the European Union, the pound fell to its lowest valuation since 1985 (www.express.co.uk)
  2. ^ TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals (www.tripadvisor.com)
  3. ^ as I wrote about in this blog post (wp.me)

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