Driving home for the holidays? Drivers have been warned to expect congestion and delays.
According to the RAC, this Christmas is set to be much busier on the roads than last year. Around 3.5 million drivers are expected to travel at least 20 miles over today and Boxing Day and a huge 31 million journeys are predicted to happen over the period as a whole.
Despite the fact that certain Roadworks have been lifted during the Christmas period, drivers should still plan for delays in busy areas and during peak driving times. A spokesman for Highways England said there are still 184 road projects going on over the holiday period which will prevent smooth traffic, although this is slightly better than last year’s 219.
“Highways England have done their bit and lifted some roadworks, as we have as well. Where we can we’ve taken up roadworks to make roads clearer for everybody,” says Hugh Griffith at Devon’s Highway Operations Centre. “It’s going to be busy. People should take their time and plan their journeys because we could have some congestion in places.”
The trains are a little better with 95% of the Rail network running as scheduled. Although, due to the quieter period for trains, Network Rail will begin their biggest ever rail engineering works project on Christmas Eve, which will affect certain areas.
If you are planning to travel over the next few days, please plan ahead and prepare your journey as best you can. Keep an ear out for traffic updates and don’t forget to create that Christmas car playlist!
Aside from the tricky roads, Servicing Stop hopes you have a wonderful Christmas full of festive cheer (and safe driving)!
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