Holiday Traffic Chaos Forecasted

Bank Holiday Traffic Accidents

21.05.2008

Motorists and rail passengers are facing another Bank Holiday weekend of packed roads and disrupted rail journeys, experts have warned.

The RAC says that as many as 18 million cars will take to the roads over the weekend, with traffic heading for various big sporting events adding to the congestion.

And more than 30 separate engineering works are scheduled on the railways, with services once again disrupted on the West Coast Main Line.

The RAC expects that the particularly busy routes will be those to the West Country, to the Lake District and to Blackpool, with roads from northern England to north Wales and between the Midlands and Norfolk also likely to be congested.

It also warned of disruption on routes leading to sporting venues. Among the major events this weekend are the Football League play-offs at Wembley Stadium, the Scottish FA Cup Final in Glasgow on Saturday, the England v New Zealand Test Match in Manchester and the Rugby Union Heineken Cup Final in Cardiff on Saturday.

"It's important for motorists to be aware of all the events which are on and to plan their routes around them, allowing 50% more time for their journey," said RAC patrolman of the year, Iain Vale.

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