Travel chaos TOMORROW with busiest weekend on roads for years expected on school holidays – these are places to avoid | The Sun
TRAVEL chaos will clog Britain from TOMORROW in what is expected to be the busiest weekend of travel in years.
An extra 5.61 million journeys will be made on "frantic Friday" as millions take to the roads after kids in England and Wales break up for the summer holidays.
Gridlocks and miles of tailbacks are expected on major routes up and down the country, and it is not expected to subside all weekend.
Experts at the RAC have warned major pinch points include the M25, A303, M4 and M3 as holidaymakers pile into their motors.
An RAC spokesperson told The Sun: "An estimated extra 5.61m journeys by car will take place between ‘frantic Friday’ 22 July and the end of Sunday by drivers currently unsure as to which day they will get away."
They added that leisure traffic on Saturday will see a whopping 4.62m separate road trips.
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The motoring organisation fear a total 18.2 million trips could be made between Friday and Monday.
The worst time to travel will be between 10am and 7pm on Friday.
And the RAC warn to avoid the roads between 11am and 3pm and 11am and 6pm on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
The worst hit areas on Friday will be M25 anticlockwise J4 Bromley to Dartford Crossing with over an hour of delays expected by mid-afternoon.
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And the M4 eastbound J30 Cardiff East to J24 for the A449 Monmouth will see over 30 minutes of delays from mid-afternoon.
Meanwhile the M25 anticlockwise J17 Maple Cross to J12 for the M3 can expect delays of up to an hour from late afternoon.
The potential record breaking weekend of travel comes off the back of millions of Brits choosing to check out of foreign holidays thanks to the airport chaos which has gripped the nation for months.
And rocketing fuel prices and the cost-of-living thrown in, a staycation is the ticket for many this summer.
RAC Fuel Watch data the cost of filling a 55-litre family car with petrol costs £30 more this summer than last, and a whopping £42 more than in 2020.
The cost of a tank of diesel is up £34 compared to last year and £44 more than a year earlier.
It follows a wave of travel chaos that has gripped Britain this week following record temperatures.
Trains were severely impacted and there were even reports of tarmac melting as the mercury boiled at over 40C on Monday and Tuesday.
And despite the chaos ravaging terminals, Brits are still flocking to the airports.
Thousands of flights and holidays have been cancelled amid travel hell in Britain over rent months.
Droves of Brits have reported how airports are losing their luggage as staff shortages spark endless problems for travellers.
It comes after Covid has seen thousands of airport staff leave their jobs, while airports have struggled to train new recruits quickly enough.
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Huge queues have formed at check in desks and at border control as a result.
But in a respite from the chaos, Heathrow Airport staff called off the planned strike that was due to take place today.
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